France supports Guyana’s stance on border disputes with Venezuela

Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall meets with French Ambassador Antoine Joly

The French Government, through its Ambassador to Guyana, has indicated its support for the position taken by Guyana in its debate on the border with Venezuela.

That post was revealed during a meeting with the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall and the non-resident French Ambassador Antoine Joly.

Nandall, in a statement after the meeting, related, among the issues discussed, was the cause of Guyana-Venezuela border disputes before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“Ambassador Joly noted that his country will issue a statement in support of Guyana and the responsible stance the Government of Guyana has taken in dealing with the latest act of aggression by Venezuelan authorities. The Ambassador condemned the use of force by that country including their latest raid into the territorial waters of Guyana and the arrest and detention of two fishing boats with a Guyanese fisherman, ”the statement read.

The Ambassador said that he recognizes the support Guyana has received from the Caribbean Community Community (CARICOM) and the global community and is committed to giving a voice to the same.

The two officials also discussed the need for better, mutual legal assistance on criminal matters and continued cooperation in the criminal justice sector due to the large number of Guyanese in France’s Guiana prison system.

Furthermore, the Ambassador raised with the Attorney General, the large number of Haitians who use Guyana as a transit point en route to French Guiana, describing it as a growing problem that must confront the grasp it.