I agree with President Ali on stopping negotiations with Venezuela
The article entitled, “Bilateral talks with Venezuela are on ice until it ceases aggression -President” (SN January 31) refers. On this particular issue, I fully agree with His Excellency, President Ali. I urge him: That situation must not be changed, or moved from there.
This may come as a surprise from me, as I am one who is always open to outreach and dialogue in genuine attempts to find some way out of the quagmire. And what we have with Venezuela is more than border arguments; it possesses all insoluble conundrum components and quicksand integral elements. I am all for dialogue, but not under the current offensive circumstances.
We must stop now, and we must commit ourselves to negotiating and negotiating with a barrel of a gun held over our heads at any time. Because, whatever we explored, this is where we are, and what Venezuela brings with it under the auspices of an olive branch of all kinds.
This is about the healthy and peaceful relationship between two neighbors, and the sorting for a way out of what has hobbled for over three years now, but more accurately for over a century when it all counts and consider it.
Editor, we are two nations assembled in the presumed communion of nations, with the proper respect flowing from such mutual respect, and from that there should be no wavering or budging.
To underscore this point in the most unambiguous way, we are not some due nation to be held hostage by the powerful Mafia threat (or geographic and territorial loan sharks), where proposals are hung with the understanding and ‘ r confidence that they cannot be denied. Well deny they have been, and I’m totally with the president on this one.
That is my view, and I would be warmed to read and hear and learn that it is not just government parties that rally to such a post, but also that there are no partitions, no mental barricades, where this is the question, and given the current circumstances in which this country finds itself.
To be specific, I would like to see and hear, the opposition and its people who (like me) use public conveniences to express on other issues of our existence. In view of the unilateral, unwarranted actions, and a blatant retaliation carried out by Venezuela’s Lynges in response to the instructions of his political head, there can be and should be no partisanship on this today. Or any other time for that.
The first task and obligation of the day for Venezuela is to release those captured men and the detained boats. He must do so quickly, and following such helpful action, must not repeat what happened. Those men and ships should be in the same condition as when they were illegally captured. It’s all non-departmental and show shops. No ice can be broken (to use SNs header); rather, the greatest depths of the Arctic must tremble. To give cower and surrender to our neighbors an overture is to give way to surrender, and establish us to be pushed around again and again. And even then, I firmly oppose any bullying dialogue that seeks to avoid what awaits an authoritative and respected judgment.
Clearly, Venezuela’s leadership is very concerned and upset over the hand it has. It tries to get around the judicial process; it seeks to bring to an end the result which its leaders have concluded is almost inevitable.
So, he tries desperately (and clumsily and with his hand) to get us to the talk table, in order to squeeze out a lucrative deal for himself. I respectfully warn the president, the PPP government, and this nation not to fall for that one; or to be mistaken about Venezuela’s ultimate goals.
My view is that since it cannot prevail in the courts or the international community, then it endeavors to woo our leaders to get a deal here, a concession there, and a piece of territory as part of the negotiations.
That will still leave us unstable, and the issue would not be fully resolved. Because, at some point down the road, there will be a different Maduro, who will work fiercely to connect his political fate with what is now held sacred birthright in Venezuela.
Editor, Essequibo would be all that. In fact, it could all be Guyana, if we allow these people to run over us all and set the timing, the agenda, and the participants in this uneasy national relationship of the highest caliber.
No outdoor strategies to side the ICJ. No agreement on border dialogue.