martes, 8 de septiembre de 2015

Granger should stop the patriotic drum-beating while he drives with Venezuelan gas in his tank

Dear Editor,

I wish to register a strenuous objection to President David Granger’s statement about our neighbour to the west. Venezuela is not “a monkey on our back”; if history were still offered at the University of Guyana, we could easily show that Venezuela has been Guyana’s staunchest supporter from the fuel crisis in 1986 when we had no creditworthiness to purchase fuel supplies, to this day when we continue to benefit from the PetroCaribe initiative begun by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Our President’s utterances display a lack of grace and gratitude for the assistance provided to us by the Bolivarian state, assistance that continues in the face of this provocation. Has our glorious leader considered the consequences of an abrupt end to the PetroCaribe arrangement? Guyana is already struggling to find markets for its increased rice production, and Venezuela pays a higher than world market price for the portion it takes; no one else pays close to that. No doubt we could find another supplier of fuel given the creditworthy state we enjoy, and the possibilities the ExxonMobil find promises, but rest assured, no deal would be as beneficial as the one we currently enjoy.

The solution to the recent decrees by the Venezuelan government lies in the area of diplomacy; former Ambassador Odeen Ishmael has offered advice that should be given serious consideration.

The President’s warlike rhetoric far exceeds the capacity of this tiny nation; our army is seemingly incapable of cutting the grass in Camp Ayanganna, a job which is outsourced to contractors. Having America on your side is a wonderful thing; it does not, however, make us the 51st state and one would be advised not to lean too heavily on a brother already carrying the large burden of being the conscience of the Western world.

The government and people of Venezuela have demonstrated strong friendship and support for our nation, and we should not let this special relationship that has developed over decades be destroyed by the promise of new wealth and friends. I ever have faith that the differences of opinion between our nations can be resolved amicably and without the need for empty rhetoric and name-calling.
The President should spare us the patriotic drum-beating while he drives around with Venezuelan gas in his tank.

Yours faithfully,
Robin Singh

2005 La Guayana Esequiba – Zona en Reclamación. Instituto Geográfico Simón Bolívar  Primera Edición

Nota del editor del blog:

Al referenciarse a la República Cooperativa de Guyana se deben de tener en cuenta los 159.500Km2, de territorios ubicados al oeste del río Esequibo conocidos con el nombre de Guayana Esequiba o Zona en Reclamación sujetos al Acuerdo de Ginebra del 17 de febrero de 1966.

Territorios estos sobre los cuales el Gobierno Venezolano en representación de la Nación venezolana se reservo sus derechos sobre los territorios de la Guayana Esequiba en su nota del 26 de mayo de 1966 al reconocerse al nuevo Estado de Guyana:

“...por lo tanto, Venezuela reconoce como territorio del nuevo Estado, el que se sitúa al este de la margen derecha del río Esequibo y reitera ante la comunidad internacional, que se reserva expresamente sus derechos de soberanía territorial sobre la zona que se encuentra en la margen izquierda del precitado río; en consecuencia, el territorio de la Guayana Esequiba sobre el cual Venezuela se reserva expresamente sus derechos soberanos, limita al Este con el nuevo Estado de Guyana, a través de la línea del río Esequibo, tomando éste desde su nacimiento hasta su desembocadura en el Océano Atlántico...”


Terminología sobre cómo referenciar la Zona en Reclamación-Guayana Esequiba.

Mapa que señala el Espacio de Soberanía Marítima Venezolana que se reserva, como Mar Territorial mediante el Decreto Presidencial No 1152 del 09 de Julio de 1968

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