GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has praised the efforts of the governments of Guyana and Venezuela on the strides made towards good relations over the past years despite Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899, that definitively delimited the territory between Guyana and Venezuela, is invalid.
The recent meeting of the heads of state in Haiti provided an opportunity for CARICOM members to congratulate the two states for managing to keep a mutually beneficial relationship and engaged several activities aimed at increasing the level of cooperation between the two countries.
It was noted in the communiqué issued after the meeting that Guyana and Venezuela remained committed to the Good Offices Process of the United Nations Secretary-General to aid them in the search for a solution to issue that arose from the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899, that definitively delimited the territory between Guyana and Venezuela, is null and void.
CARICOM has affirmed its unequivocal support for the maintenance and protection of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Guyana and Venezuela currently enjoy a fruitful trade relationship, especially in the areas of rice, oil, and in other projects.
The members of Caricom especially the small islands English speaking colonies should support Guyana. In the near future all these islands will become overpopulated and will have no land for their people to live or do farming to feed their people. Guyana presents a golden opportunity for these countries to have a program for these countries because it has a small population and it is rich with natural resources. Many of the people from the other countries are laughing at Guyana but in the near future the Guyanese will have the last laugh. Belize where I am from is in the same situation like Guyana and we need to find a solution to their territorial disputes with their neighbors so that they can concentrate on economic development. Having land without developing it for your people to live a better life makes no sense. The West Indian Federation was a wise and visionary idea but people are looking more at their individual nationalities while the world has moved towards global interdependence.