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T&T | Rowley working to settle Guyana/Venezuela border dispute

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  • Published in CARICOM
Featured Chairman of CARICOM, Trinidad and Tobago's prime minister Dr. Keith Rowley Chairman of CARICOM, Trinidad and Tobago's prime minister Dr. Keith Rowley
PORT OF SPAIN, T&T, January 29, 2021 - CARICOM Chairman and prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley says he is working he was working hard in his role as chairman of CARICOM to solve the Venezuela/Guyana border row that has attracted the attention of CARICOM member states.

“From the Office of Prime Minister we have been in touch with the Office of Vice President in Venezuela with respect to the development, where the Venezuelan government two (Guyanese) fishing vessels and their crews in certain marine territorial areas where Venezuela is saying these Guyanese vessels have been operating in territories which are in dispute.”

With Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro re-stating a long-standing claim to two-thirds of Guyana, Dr Rowley said the Government has been working feverishly  to settle matter, being in constant communication with the Venezuelan government.

He said CARICOM is defending Guyana’s sovereign integrity and is advocating non-aggression, respect for international law and multilateralism.

“We have said so to Venezuela by way of CARICOM. TT is leading CARICOM at this time. Our position is embedded in the CARICOM position” says Rowley who pointed out that the foreign ministers of TT and Venezuela are directly in touch.

“TT officials at all levels have been persuading Venezuela to release these people and so far they have not been released but we anticipate in the not too distant future this situation would abate.

“But if it does not, it will be an unpleasant matter that has been attracting our attention day and night and will continue so to do.”

He lamented that the crews were taken to Guiria where they were arrested.

He said the dispute was over an area close to TT’s border and the matter was very alive and attracting the attention of many regional entities/countries.

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  • Countries: CARICOM