This Tuesday during the ordinary session of the Delegate Committee of the National Assembly, Deputy Williams Dávila criticized the position of Nicolás Maduro’s regime of not trying to defend the Essequibo territory when, in the opinion of the parliamentarian, the lawsuit passed under the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice precisely because of the “omission, ineffectiveness and negligence” of the dictatorship.
“The dictatorship has just appointed a commission for the defense of the Essequibo from a spurious National Assembly that is not recognized. What power can these representativeness have? The members of that commission, some deputies, did not even go to the National Assembly, they were not even members of the Foreign Policy Commission, some of them not even members of Parlasur. They never opened their mouths in defense of the Essequibo,” argued the deputy for the Democratic Action party during his speech.
He highlighted the efforts made by the legitimate National Assembly in defense of the disputed territory and reiterated that they do not recognize the jurisdiction of the Court “neither from the legal point of view or from the political point of view.” He assured that his position is the relevance of the Geneva agreement.
“Maduro has simply played with a nationalism that he does not believe or profess because all our natural wealth is in the hands of dark foreign interests. They handed over the Essequibo simply because of foreign and dark interests, now we call on the country and all sectors to continue in the struggle that we have always had: to defend what is ours. Sovereignty is not discussed, it is defended,” he pointed out.
“The sun rises through the Essequibo” was not fulfilled
Dávila, who chairs the Mixed Commission in Defense of the Essequibo and the Atlantic Façade of the National Assembly, also stated that it was Hugo Chávez himself who ceded the Essequibo territory in exchange for personal interests in relation to the support of Caribbean countries to his government as advised by then Cuban President, Fidel Castro.
“In these 21 years of dictatorship, Chávez and Maduro had enough time to agree on a practical and satisfactory solution to the Essequibo issue. Simply that call that “the sun rises through the Essequibo” was not fulfilled. They betrayed the country, they ideologized the issue, they let themselves be carried away by the geo-strategic interests of Cuban diplomacy,” he argued.
The deputy for the Accion Democratica party listed the advances that have been obtained through the Commission that he presides, including the support for his cause by four magistrates of the Inter-American Court of Justice (ICJ)
“This legitimate National Assembly can speak with its head held high because of what we have accomplished: we went to the island of Anacoco to plant the national flag. Regarding the hearing of the International Court of Justice, we held a parallel hearing in August in The Hague with the most renowned experts in public international law to the point that this hearing contributed to four ICJ magistrates dissenting from the vote of the majority of the court,” detailed Dávila.
The deputy sent a message to the ICJ after what he classified as a “defenseless state” as a result of the political panorama that Venezuela is currently experiencing:
“The ICJ should consider a reality: Venezuela is in a state of defenselessness. We do not have a legitimate government and until free and legitimate presidential elections come in Venezuela that elect a legitimate President, Venezuela will not be in full capacity to defend itself (…) Consequently the court should consider postponing a decision given the nature of defenselessness that Venezuela is in.”
Finally, he emphasized the autonomous nature of the legitimate National Assembly, ensuring that this is the main “asset” of the Venezuelan opposition chaired by Juan Guaidó.
“The asset of the interim government and of each one of us in the National Assembly is that we have autonomy because we have values and principles and for us the non-jurisdiction of the Court and the Essequibo issue is an issue that touches the Venezuelan DNA, the nationalist in us,” said the parliamentarian.