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OAS Criticizes Maduro's "Aggressive Stance" Toward Guyana Over Essequibo

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) said that given the "urgency and gravity" of what it considered an "aggressive stance of the Maduro regime" towards Guyana, in the case of the dispute over the Essequibo, it reaffirms and supports the request for a meeting of the Permanent Council of the organization as soon as possible.

For the OAS, this fact "constitutes a matter that threatens the stability and territorial sovereignty within our hemisphere" and the meeting "would aim to discuss possible measures to mitigate this crisis and explore solutions that respect international law and regional stability."

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31 mins ago

ANALYSIS | What could happen in the dispute between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo?

By Germán Padinger

Tensions have soared in South America in just three days, from the announcement of the results of a consultative referendum on Sunday in Venezuela to President Nicolas Maduro's remarks Tuesday about the creation of a new state in Guyana Essequiba. The area is controlled by Guyana and one question is on the minds of many: what will happen now?

Venezuela has a territorial dispute with Guyana over control of Guyana Essequiba, a territory located in northern South America that is rich in hydrocarbons and minerals. The dispute dates back to the mid-19th century and was first with the United Kingdom.

But in recent months, and especially on the eve of a year of presidential elections in Venezuela in 2024, the controversy has accelerated and on Sunday Venezuelans voted in favor of not only ratifying their historic claim and choosing the mechanisms to resolve it, but even rejecting Guyana's recent plans to dispose of the disputed areas.

"The people have made the decision to create the state of Guayana Esequiba and to nationalize all citizens who are in that territory with their Venezuelan identity cards. Recognize them as brothers of our homeland," Maduro said on Tuesday, in a speech before the General Assembly of the Federal Council of Government of Venezuela, where he also showed a "new map of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" that includes Guyana Esequiba as full territory and not in claim, as has been in the books until now.

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31 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.

The area in question, the densely forested and oil-rich Essequibo region, accounts for about two-thirds of Guyana's national territory. Venezuela has long claimed the land and dismissed an 1899 ruling by international arbitrators setting the current boundaries.

In the call, Blinken called for a "peaceful resolution of the dispute" and for both to "respect the 1899 arbitral award" that established the current boundaries of the region, State Department spokesman Matt Miller said in the statement.

Secretary Blinken and President Ali took note of a Dec. 1 order from the International Court of Justice calling on parties to refrain from actions that could aggravate the situation, according to the statement.

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