The Venezuelan government proposed holding a “high-level” meeting with Guyana on Saturday, amid tensions linked to the territorial dispute between the two countries over the oil-rich Esquibo region. President Nicolas Maduro held “telephone conversations with President (Brazil) Luiz Inacio da Silva and the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines” during which he presented “a proposal to hold a high-level meeting with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.” “The date will be announced in the coming days,” the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said, without specifying whether Georgetown had agreed to this approach.
The government of Venezuela aims to “preserve Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace.” The Caracas government statement explained that Maduro had earlier held a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Brazilian President Lula, the promoter of this initiative, had previously expressed “the growing concern of South American countries” and suggested starting a dialogue between the parties, mediated by CELAC.
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