By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Venezuela’s Ambassdor to Ottowa has written to the Chief Executive Officer of a Guyana-based Canadian company – Guyana Goldfields – warning the CEO against its mining operations in a part of Guyana that is being claimed by Venezuela.
This was revealed by Guyana’s President, David Granger during an address to the Parliament on Thursday, October 22.
The President stated that on October 13, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Ottawa Wilmer Barrientos wrote CEO Scott Caldwell, warning him against the company’s operations in Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) of Guyana.
The letter warned that the opening of the gold mine would be: “infringing on the territorial sovereignty of Venezuela and committing unlawful actions which could incur legal consequences. As such, you are hereby fully given notice of the respective legal actions that could herein occur.”
“The Ottawa letter reflects the approach adopted by the late President Hugo Chávez Frias during his state visit to Guyana in February 2004. He told the press plainly that his administration would have no objection to everyday infrastructure works such as roads, water and electricity that directly enhance the lives of residents,” Granger emphasized.
He said that Venezuela’s claim that Guyana is an aggressor defies logic and plain common sense.
“Venezuela’s fear is that, once a juridical process could prove that its contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 was a nullity was proven to be baseless, its fifty-year strategy of attrition aimed at gaining territory from Guyana stands in jeopardy of the prospect of collapse, the President noted.
In relation to the Suriname border issue, the President made it clear that there has been no clarification on what the recent statements by Suriname’s Desi Bouterse imply.
Guyana, in view of the fact that there is at present a mechanism for addressing this matter, is willing to continue a bilateral discourse with the Government of Suriname on the matter of that country’s claims. That discourse, however, must be grounded on the principles of mutual respect and a repudiation of the use of force, he stated.
Despite these developments, President Granger is pushing for peace to prevail advocating for “peaceful and expeditious solution,” to the issues.