RSS Chairman, PM Dr. Terrance Drew, to visit Venezuela to discuss border conflict with Guyana

Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKN SOURCE) — Sitting Chairman of the Regional Security System (RSS), St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, will travel to South America this week to participate in discussions concerning the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute.

“I am going to travel to Venezuela on Friday for an official visit, my first visit as the prime minister, and part of my messaging would always be, let us maintain this area as a zone of peace,” Dr. Drew said on 24th April, 2024 during The Roundtable media briefing.

“We had an Argyle Agreement, which St. Kitts and Nevis signed on to. I was present, in person, at those discussions when Guyana and Venezuela, both leaders, sat face to face and had frank discussions and an agreement was reached.”

Drew, who also serves as St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Security Minister, stated that any outbreak of conflict between the South American nations over the disputed Essequibo region will “affect all of us.”

“I believe in diplomacy, dialogue, and peace,” the prime minister reinforced.

The longstanding border controversy between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reemerged as a result of Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 concerning the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela is null and void.

On 14th December, 2023, in Argyle, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Irfaan Ali, president of Guyana and Nicolas Maduro, president Venezuela, held discussions on matters consequential to the territory dispute between their two countries.

These discussions were facilitated by the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Pro-Tempore President of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, and the prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica and chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Roosevelt Skerrit.

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