Title: Guyana President Calls Venezuelan Counterpart an “Outlaw” Over Essequibo Dispute
In a heated exchange, Guyana President Mohamed Irfaan Ali has labeled his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro as an “outlaw,” accusing him of reckless behavior regarding the sovereignty dispute over the Essequibo region. President Maduro’s claim to the oil-rich territory, based on a controversial referendum held in 2015, has caused tensions between the two nations.
To address the ongoing dispute, the United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Venezuela to refrain from making any changes to the status quo in the region. President Ali plans to convey to President Maduro, in no uncertain terms, that Essequibo belongs solely to Guyana and that there will be no room for negotiations on the matter.
Emphasizing his stance, President Ali declared that Guyana would not yield even “a single inch” of land in the disputed Essequibo region. This determination is set to be reiterated during the upcoming bilateral talks between the two presidents, scheduled to take place in St. Vincent.
During his recent address, President Ali likened Venezuela’s actions to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling on the Western Hemisphere to refuse to tolerate such behavior. Dismissing President Maduro’s claims of an American agenda and imperialism, President Ali highlighted Exxon-Mobil’s investments in Venezuela, emphasizing that they had not been labeled as imperialist.
With unwavering self-assurance, President Ali expressed confidence in Guyana’s position, stating that they firmly stand on the right side of international law, history, and facts. As the dispute over the Essequibo region continues, Guyana remains resolute in its determination to protect its territorial integrity and national interests.
As tensions run high between Guyana and Venezuela, the outcome of the bilateral talks will be closely watched by international observers. Both nations must find a diplomatic resolution to move forward, ensuring stability in the region and safeguarding their respective national interests.
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