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Foreign Ministers of Venezuela and Guyana spoke by phone

#Comunicado The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela informs that today, at the request of the Guyanese side, Foreign Minister Hugh Todd held a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Yvan Gil to discuss the issue of the territorial dispute following the... pic.twitter.com/JnUzoxtY3q

— Yvan Gil (@yvangil) December 6, 2023

The foreign ministers of Venezuela and Guyana held a phone call on Wednesday where they addressed the current territorial dispute involving the Essequibo region, according to statements from both ministries.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil told his counterpart that the results of Sunday's referendum, in which voters approved the annexation of that part of Guyana's territory, constitute an "irrevocable mandate" for his government and a solution to the territorial dispute.

Guyana's minister, Hugh Hilton Todd, "expressed concern" over Caracas' most recent actions that "directly violated the Order of the International Court of Justice of December 1, 2023."

Minister Todd also said that Guyana would continue to seek resolution of this matter through the International Court of Justice, according to a statement issued by the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

6 mins ago

Blinken affirms U.S. support for Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela over the Essequibo

Antony Blinken reaffirmed U.S. support for Guyana's sovereignty in a phone call Wednesday to Guyana President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, according to a State Department statement.

Venezuela's president on Tuesday ordered the creation of a new state called "Guyana Esequiba," following a controversial Sunday referendum in which Venezuelan voters approved the annexation of land from neighboring Guyana.

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13 mins ago

Venezuela's National Assembly advances bill to create Guayana state Essequiba

By Ivonne Valdés

Venezuela's Parliament approved on Wednesday in first discussion the bill for the creation of the state of Guayana Esequiba, which is expected to be ready in a week, according to the president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez.

The bill must be debated once again in the National Assembly, with a pro-government majority, before obtaining final approval and being sent for signature to the Executive Branch.

Rodriguez also said that he expects to have most of the special rules that derive from this bill before the end of the legislative period.

The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, had ordered on Tuesday the activation of a debate in the Legislative Branch "for the defense of Guyana Essequiba" and proposed that this area become a new state of Venezuela.

During the Ordinary Session of the National Assembly, the vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, also presented the "new map of Venezuela" that "must be disseminated in all schools, high schools and universities in the country," according to what Maduro indicated on Tuesday.

"Because Guyana Esequiba belongs to Venezuela," said Deputy Cabello, while celebrating with the map in hand that "there are no longer scratched maps, there is no longer an area in reclamation" because "the necessary step was taken and the obligatory step was taken."

Guyana's President Irfan Ali told CNN on Wednesday that his country is taking all necessary precautionary measures at the diplomatic level to engage international allies "against Venezuela's desperate attempt to seize" its territory