[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Venezuelan National Assembly and Government have rejected statements made by UK High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn and US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway, calling for Guyana and Venezuela to respect the 1899 Arbitration Award.
Both Quinn and Holloway have been vocal on the issue here in Guyana, showing support for the diplomatic resolution and Venezuela’s respect for Guyana’s sovereignty to run its course on the issue.
According to Venezuela’s El Universal, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reasserted that the state regards as
“null and void” the Paris Arbitration Award; hence, in 1966, the Geneva Agreement was signed in Switzerland by England, Guyana, and Venezuela to settle the territorial matter.
Venezuela has also rejected the statements issued by Greg Quinn, the UK High Commissioner in Guyana, who recently referred to the territorial controversy between Venezuela and Guyana.
In a communiqué, the Foreign Affairs Ministry asserted, “(Greg) Quinn intends to hide the historical truth that his country, taking advantage of its
prevailing status of imperial power at the time and together with the United States government, promoted and staged an arbitration fraud that violated the integrity of Venezuela.”
In the document, Venezuela called upon British and US officials to respect the “Geneva Agreement of 1966 as the current legal instrument governing the territorial dispute” over the Essequibo region.