[www.inewsguyana.com] – The government of Venezuela plans to launch in the coming days a diplomatic strategy to recover the territory of the Essequibo in Guyana, according to retired colonel Pompeyo Torrealba Rivero, who advises President Nicolás Maduro in this matter.
According to an article posted on El Universal, Torrealba coordinates the Office for the Rescue of the Essequibo, created by the Venezuelan government to try to recover the area.
“The claim has been made under all the administrations, but we have not been able to organize a process to recover that geographic space that belongs to Venezuela,” he said.
Torrealba informed that President Maduro ordered to teach the matter of the Essequibo as a subject in universities and elementary and high schools, and also in media located in bordering areas.
He also proposed to issue identity cards for the 200,000 estimated inhabitants of the Essequibo, plus an awareness campaign to make the population of Guyana understand that the territory belongs to Venezuela.
During an interview with multi-state TV channel Telesur, President Maduro announced that he held talks with Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador and of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), to set up a presidential or diplomatic initiative addressing the matter of the Essequibo.
According to the article, Maduro also said he would contact the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, to urge him to advocate Venezuela’s right over the territory of the Essequibo.