[www.inewsguyana.com] – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Sunday night after a meeting with President David Granger that he intends to produce documents related to the country’s territorial claim of the Essequibo Region as a committee of the United Nations (UN) gets ready to visit Venezuela to assess the matter.
“These are complex, sensitive issues. We will receive a special technical committee of the UN, to work on the circumstances and this Venezuelan claim,” Maduro told the press after a meeting with Granger and Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.
“Documents related to this claim will be produced,” said Maduro in New York.
According to a report carried by El Universal, he further stressed that “a study based on Article 33 of the UN Charter will be conducted, in order to find the ultimate consensus and put a time limit on the (UN) good offices.”
Maduro remarked that “the ultimate solution” to this claim is expected to emerge from this move.
“I suggested President Granger that we should have permanent communication mechanisms. For now, we will exchange ambassadors, and I expect this will allow our Foreign Minister (Delcy Rodríguez) to communicate with Guyana, in order to clear the noise some transnational corporations such as ExxonMobil are trying to generate,” said Maduro.
“Finding an acceptable, fair agreement,” is necessary, Maduro stressed.
Meanwhile, President Granger told the media that Venezuela has agreed to accredit the new Guyanese Ambassador, career diplomat Cheryl Miles.
President Maduro has also agreed to send back his Ambassador to Guyana which he had recalled a few months ago when the decades old border controversy was reignited.
Venezuela has also agreed to accept a United Nations investigative team that will report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon so that a final resolution can be arrived at.
“The Secretary General has a menu of measures which he has sighted; he knows very well that it has reached a stage where it will require a legal investigation, Granger said.
This was President Granger’s first meeting with Maduro.
Prior to the meeting Granger and Maduro were photographed shaking hands.
Granger reported that “the Venezuelan position is based on the Geneva agreement… they felt they were seeking resolution through the agreement but avoided that the matter was settled in 1899… they couldn’t provide evidence that the agreement was null and void.”
He said Guyana has asked for legal solution to the matter.