This Monday, Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) released the five questions that will be asked in the consultative referendum called by the Venezuelan National Assembly in defense of Essequibo, scheduled for December 3. CNE President Elvis Amoroso announced the questions during a press conference broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).
• Do you agree to reject, by all means under the law, the line fraudulently imposed on the Paris Arbitration Award of 1899 that seeks to deprive us of our Essequibo territory?
• Do you support the 1966 Geneva Agreement as the only valid legal instrument to reach a practical and satisfactory solution for Venezuela and Guyana regarding the controversy over the Essequibo territory?
• Do you agree with Venezuela’s historical position of not recognizing the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice to resolve the territorial controversy over the Essequibo territory?
• Do you agree to oppose, by all means under the law, Guyana’s claim to unilaterally dispose of territorial waters pending delimitation, illegally and in violation of international law?
•Do you agree with the creation of the Essequibo Guayana state and the development of an accelerated plan for the comprehensive care of the current and future population of that territory, including the granting of citizenship and Venezuelan identity cards per the Geneva Agreement and international law, consequently incorporating said state on the map of Venezuelan territory?
After making the questions public, Amoroso highlighted that the resolution containing them would be sent to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice to rule on the constitutionality of the consultation. The consultation aims to define Venezuela’s possible strategies to defend the Essequibo territory disputed with Guyana.
Amoroso reiterated that December 3 was chosen to hold the popular consultation. This process occurs by virtue of strengthening democracy and giving the people the power granted to them by the Magna Carta.
Translation: Orinoco Tribune
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