AVN writes that, according to Vice President Jorge Arreaza, on a recent visit by Venezuelan authorities to Caribbean governments, these countries “recognized the importance of the Bolivarian peace diplomacy to resolve the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, following the looting by the British Empire two centuries ago.”
Through @jaarreaza, the vice president said that all friendly governments share with Venezuela the need to address this issue with Guyana through dialogue and international law. “We are grateful to the friendly governments of the Caribbean who received us. They all recognized the importance of the Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy,” he wrote. In another message, he said that Caribbean governments also sent messages to President Nicolas Maduro, in order to continue deepening relations with Venezuela.
Arreaza’s visit by Caribbean countries was carried out as part of the Presidential Commission for Border Affairs of the Venezuelan government, aimed at exposing to allied nations the historical rights of Venezuela over Essequibo territory, especially amid provocations by US oil company Exxon Mobil through the government of Guyana.
Besides Arreaza, who traveled to Grenada, Dominica and Barbados, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodriguez visited other Caribbean countries, including St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Guayana Esequiba (claim area), which has an area of 159,542 kilometers, belongs to the Republic of Venezuela since 1777, with the creation of the Captaincy General of Venezuela. In 1811 all the areas that belonged to the Captaincy were included in its first Constitution.
Despite such historical evidence, the British Empire tried to seize this territory two centuries ago, sparking the controversy that remains today with Guyana.
To resolve the dispute, in 1966 Britain agreed to start talks with Venezuela and on February 17 the governments of Great Britain and Venezuela signed in Switzerland the Geneva Treaty. This agreement was recognized by Guyana after its independence on May 26 of that year.