The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, took advantage of a phone call he received this Saturday from his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduroto, to express South America’s concern about the growing tension generated by Guyana’s dispute in the region of Essequibo.
Brazil’s progressive leader announced mature “the growing concern of South American countries about the Essequibo issue; he explained the terms of the declaration on the subject approved on Thursday in Mercosur Summitand reminded him of the long tradition of dialogue in Latin America and that we are a region of peace,” the Brazilian Presidency reported in a statement.
The Brazilian ruler, who has always been an important ally of the Venezuelan, proposed to him that he accept mediation, which can be done by the current interim president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
seasickness “He defended the dialogue and suggested that the current president of Celac could discuss the matter with the two parties,” the statement said.
Brazil’s head of state also reiterated Brazil’s readiness to support and accompany all testing initiatives for peaceful resolution of differences.
“Lula emphasized the importance of avoiding unilateral measures that would lead to an escalation of the situation,” the note concluded.
On Thursday, at the request of the Brazilians and during the Mercosur Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay released a statement in which they urged Venezuela and Guyana to avoid “unilateral actions” amid growing tension between the two nations over control of the Essequibo, which Caracas seeks annexation.
The leaders expressed “their deep concern at the rising tensions” between Venezuela and Guyana; “they warn about unilateral actions that should be avoided because they increase the tension and “encourage the two parties to dialogue and find a peaceful solution to the controversy to avoid unilateral initiatives that could make it worse.”
The Maduro government is on a crusade to put Venezuela on the map as a forest region in the Essequiboan area of 160 thousand square kilometers controlled by Guyanarich in oil and minerals, and whose ownership has been claimed by Caracas for more than a century.
After Sunday’s referendum, in which the majority of Venezuelans expressed their desire to transform Esequivo into a Venezuelan department, Maduro presented an action plan that included giving the license for oil exploitation and military deployments in localities near the disputed area.