Nicolás Maduro repeated this Monday the invitation of his counterpart from Guyana, Irfaan Ali, to hold a “face to face” meeting, to continue “peace negotiations” in the territorial dispute between the two countries for the a territory of 160 thousand square kilometers, located west of the Essequibo River.
There is only one solution here and that is to continue face-to-face, direct dialogue, within the framework of the Geneva Agreement. That is why I confirmed to the president of Guyana (that) I (…), on behalf of our people, am ready to meet with you, soon, in the Caribbean area that we have chosen to dialogue,” he said. his program “With Maduro +”.
In this sense, he insisted that he is “available” to hold a meeting with the Guyanese Government, sponsored by the Caribbean Community (Caricom), where “Venezuela will bring a clear and direct peace proposal to move toward an agreement.” “.
Besides, Maduro asked the Guyanese president “not to allow himself to be led astray,” and assured that Venezuela “has never threatened or will threaten the people of Guyana.”“.
The head of state stressed that Guyana “intends to seize the boundless sea” by conducting a tender for oil blocks, and assured that “they became victims” when Venezuela “defended its historical rights.”
In this regard, he said that he ordered the Venezuelan diplomatic team to present, “immediately”, to the governments of the region and the world the documentation that relates “the historical rights of Venezuela in Guayana Esequiba” and “the plans of (US). company) ExxonMobil” in that territory.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Yván Gil, criticized on Saturday before the UN General Assembly that the US Government “intends to militarize” the controversy with Guyana, and assured that the North American country “is trying to create a military base” in contested territory. .
On the same day, Maduro urged his Guyanese counterpart to avoid “escalation of the conflict” in the area, in which he admitted that ExxonMobil had “improper interests,” and accused him of turning his country, in his “desire to please powerful transnational interests,” into “a branch” of this company.