Guyana has had its fair share of hostility from our two neighbors
I almost captioned my discourse with you this morning as “Venezuelan aggression,” with particular reference to the debate on the border between the two states, but I stopped doing so knowingly right that we have no argument with the peoples of that country but with its leader. So far this time we have had an excellent relationship with the Bolivian Republic in good neighborly friendships in farting our rice and sugar in exchange for cheap petroleum and their by-products. These are the kind of string connections that each country enjoyed until something drastic happened, when it all changed.
That exciting thing was the shift in US Policy towards Venezuela that basically started this turn of events. So if someone were to ask the question, why would a change in Venezuela’s relations have any effect on us? Well, the simple answer to that question is that ever since the relationship between Venezuela and The Americans recalled, this caused the Bolivian Republic to shift its stance with us, meaning, everything from that time to now has struck a discordant note where friendship is at issue.
Venezuela now views Guyana as a threat to them and as such was conceded hostility towards us.
They choose to fight poor defenseless Guyana when the real object of their anger is the United States, this is the way Maduro sees it. He thinks we are too close to the USA that is their arch enemy, which is why this guy’s glittering performance in seeing our fishermen near his territorial waters. And look things like, this aggressive behavior will not disappear anytime soon, although they have agreed to resume the good neighbor diplomacy policy. Even on this latest communist move, we cannot drop our guard but keep a constant, vigilant eye on Maduro’s actions.
But lest we get carried away with the Venezuelan discussion, we need to take a step back and review our neighbor’s actions to the East of us, their actions were similar steps taken to resolve the disputed maritime border circle. In fact, Suriname’s actions were even more serious, in that they sailed the CGX Oil Rig out of disputed waters with gunboats. That issue was only settled when we got to the International Court of Justice. In short, Guyana has had its fair share of hostility from our two neighbors.
The point I make is that the legal decision is the only way we must take to reach a final and permanent settlement to our borders. In addition, we must return to the path of beating good neighborly relations; neighbors should live as neighbors.
To our legal team, we will reiterate the point that we have to add our maritime boundary dispute issue to the ICJ Case dock, this way we reach a final and definitive settlement of this issue.