Venezuela Strongly Rejects Guyana President’s Statement (Communique)

A communique issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry this Saturday has emphatically and energetically rejected the statement of the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, which has been described as “unfortunate” and trying to “fabricate a conflict in the region, openly lacking truth and adherence to international law.”

The official text maintains that the Guyanese president’s words constitute a blatant manipulation of facts by intending to present ordinary incidents in the custody of Venezuelan jurisdictional waters as if they represented an aggression against Guyana.

The communique adds that this position has probably been constructed by the legal advisory teams of Guyana and by representatives of ExxonMobil company. It also clarifies that Guyana’s statement has been revealed to be untrue in all its parts by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, by making public the geolocation of the Guyanese fishing ships at the time of the legal interception carried out by the Bolivarian Navy in strict compliance with its constitutional duties.

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Venezuela ratifies that it will defend its territory and its legitimate rights over the Essequibo region in strict adherence to international law and the 1966 Geneva Agreement. The communique also maintains that it is due to this reason that the President of Guyana, Irfaan Ali, dedicated a good part of his speech to utter infamies against Venezuela and present his country as a victim of Venezuelan aggression.

Moreover, he has ignored successive calls for dialogue made by President Nicolás Maduro.

“Venezuela reaffirms its offer to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to establish a sincere, transparent dialogue, based on good faith, as well as to establish a comprehensive bilateral relationship that is respectful, sincere, free of lies, tendentious and dangerous manipulations,” reads the official statement.

Below is the official translation of the communique:

Venezuela strongly rejects the words of the President of Guyana Irfaan Ali

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela emphatically and energetically rejects the unfortunate words of the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, pronounced on January 30th, 2021, with which he seeks to create a conflict in the region, openly disrespecting the truth and adherence to International Law.

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On the basis of the gross manipulation of the facts, President Ali intends to present ordinary incidents in the custody of Venezuelan jurisdictional waters, as if they represented an aggression against his country.

This inexplicable set-up, probably suggested by the legal advisory teams of Guyana and by representatives of the ExxonMobil company, has been denied in all its parts by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, by making public the geolocation of the Guyanese vessels at the time of the legal interception carried out by the Bolivarian Navy in strict compliance with its constitutional obligations.

President Ali dedicated a good part of his speech to uttering infamies and presenting his country as a victim of Venezuela, on the basis of unsustainable speculations and inconceivable arguments, under the false premise of aggression.

The President of Guyana has decided to ignore the successive calls for dialogue made by President Nicolás Maduro, holding to the unsuccessful mirage of unilateral legal channels and the shameless practice of victimization, even going as far as to belittle the timely offer of Good Offices presented by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, for both nations to resume the spirit of understanding and negotiation.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ratifies that it will defend its territory and its legitimate rights over Esequiba Guyana, in strict adherence to International Law and the Geneva Agreement of 1966. In this sense, Venezuela reaffirms its offer to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to engage in a sincere and transparent dialogue based on good faith, as well as to establish a respectful and sincere bilateral integral relationship, free of lies, biased pretenses and dangerous manipulations.

Caracas, January 30th, 2021

 

Featured image: File photo.

(VTV)

Translation: Orinoco Tribune

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