The President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, defined as “legitimate and just” the claim that the country makes on the Esequibo and the Atlantic Facade. This remark is related to the Hearing on the Esequibo before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to be held this Tuesday, June 30th.
“We ratify that Venezuela’s claim on Esequibo is legitimate and fair, and that it is based on a State policy developed through the Geneva Agreement of 1966, with a nationalist and integrationist approach. The Esequibo is Venezuela.
During the online forum “Oral Hearings on Esequibo at the International Court of Justice”, held this Monday afternoon, and with the participation of the deputies of the Permanent Commission of Foreign Policy of the National Assembly, the Joint Commission in Defense of Esequibo, and experts in the field, Guaidó indicated that the situation regarding the Republic’s claim on Esequibo is a consequence of the negligence and inefficiency of the regime of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, in reaffirming the territorial integrity of the country in accordance with the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
He recalled that the Magna Carta, in its article 10, establishes that “the territorial space of Venezuela corresponds to that which formed the Captaincy General of Venezuela before the political transformation initiated on April 19th, 1810, with the modifications resulting from the treaties and arbitral awards not vitiated by nullity”.
He also said that the national Parliament has established a “sovereign and responsible position” since 2016 when they were sworn in and assumed the majority in the legislative branch. He cited that among the actions taken, the approval of the “Agreement in rejection of the pretension of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to judicialise the controversy and the reaffirmation of the Venezuelan sovereignty over the island of Anacoco and the Atlantic Façade”.
He thanked the deputies and civil society for the work they have done in defense of Esequibo.
The acting President of Venezuela called for “keeping the controversy in the realm of mechanisms of a political-diplomatic nature”.
“Today the international community cannot take advantage of a moment where there is a dictatorship, where there is clearly an intention on the part of Maduro’s regime to avoid institutions. Nicolás Maduro has weakened the defense of the Esequibo in recent years, to the point of putting at risk our undisputed sovereignty over the maritime projection of the Orinoco River Delta”.
Guaidó said that “it is not a slogan that the Venezuelan sun rises in the Esequibo, but a spirit that must be preached,” so the National Armed Force must understand that this claim cannot be carried out in an irresponsible way by those who, echoing not only mandates from Cuba, tried to weaken the country institutionally.
Finally, he ratified that in spite of the crisis generated, the Presidency in charge and the NA will continue to put all the necessary effort to defend sovereignty.