Skip to content


June 13, 2024
< class="premium-post-ticker__post-title"> Rescue Effort Saves Trapped Miners at Redwing Mine in Zimbabwe
Venezuela And Guyana Agree To Peaceful Resolution In Long Standing Border Dispute
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, and Guyanese President Irfaan Ali shake hands ahead of talks over Essequibo [Handout/Marcelo Garcia, Venezuelan Presidency via AFP]

Copyright claim/Content removal? Learn more

Venezuela and Guyana Agree to Peaceful Resolution in Long-standing Border Dispute

In a significant development aimed at deescalating tensions, Venezuela and Guyana have reached an agreement to avoid the use of force and threats in their ongoing dispute over the resource-rich territory of Essequibo. The region, known for its enormous oil reserves, has been at the centre of contention since Venezuela revived its claim to the land following the discovery of oil off its coast in 2015.

The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, and his Guyanese counterpart, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, reaffirmed their commitment to “good neighbourliness” and “peaceful coexistence” during a tense meeting held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday. They jointly declared that neither country would resort to force or threats against each other, even in relation to existing controversies between them.

To address matters concerning Essequibo, both leaders agreed to establish a joint commission comprising foreign ministers and officials from both countries. This commission will serve as a platform for dialogue and negotiation in resolving the long-standing dispute. Furthermore, Maduro and Ali announced their intention to meet again in Brazil within the next three months to continue discussions and seek comprehensive solutions.

Expressing his satisfaction with the meeting, President Maduro thanked President Ali for his candidness and willingness to engage in broad dialogue. Through Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy, Maduro emphasized the importance of raising historical reasons, seeking understanding, and finding a peaceful resolution to the controversy over Essequibo.

The dispute over Essequibo dates back over a century, but tensions have escalated recently, particularly after Venezuela claimed sovereignty over the region following a disputed referendum. On December 4, Venezuelan voters approved the referendum, leading to outcry in Guyana. The territory of Essequibo was awarded to Britain in 1899 by an international arbitral tribunal when Guyana was still under colonial rule. However, Venezuela has persistently disputed this decision, with President Maduro accusing Guyana, the United States, and oil firms of engaging in “legal colonialism” and robbing Venezuela of its rightful territory.

Guyana, on the other hand, maintains that the arbitral award is legally binding and sought the intervention of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2018 to settle the matter definitively. Just recently, on December 1, the ICJ ordered Venezuela to refrain from taking any actions that would alter Guyana’s control over Essequibo.

With this recent agreement and commitment to peaceful dialogue, Venezuela and Guyana have taken a significant step towards resolving their long-standing border dispute. The establishment of a joint commission and the planned future meetings demonstrate a willingness to find a mutually acceptable solution and promote regional stability in South America.


Source: CNBC

Did you like what you read?

Share on Social

Add me to your mailing list

    [mailpoetsignup* mailpoetsignup-693 list:3 default:on "I consent to privacy policy"]

    No comment yet, add your voice below!

    Add a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    More News

    Flights To Belfast City Airport Cancelled As Heavy Fog Disrupts Uk Airports

    Flights to Belfast City Airport Cancelled as Heavy Fog Disrupts UK Airports

    In a weather-related incident on Sunday night, Aer Lingus flights
    Rescue Effort Saves Trapped Miners At Redwing Mine In Zimbabwe

    Rescue Effort Saves Trapped Miners at Redwing Mine in Zimbabwe

    In a remarkable display of bravery and perseverance, rescuers successfully
    Nigeria Signs Mou With Saudi Arabia For Smooth Conduct Of 2024 Hajj

    Nigeria Signs MoU with Saudi Arabia for Smooth Conduct of 2024 Hajj

    In a significant development, Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of

    £10, £20 or more.

    Help to keep Jambo! Radio up and running

    Connect with Jambo! Radio on Social

    Jambo! Radio supports public opinions

    Have a news column to share?

    Artistes Shine on Jambo! Radio

    Pexels Antoni Shkraba Production 8412278 Removebg Preview2

    Discover new music, or promote your own songs.

    Look Good, Feel Good with Jambo! Radio Merch

    Support the growth of our platform by purchasing our merch.