By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
Making a brief stop in Belize on Friday was Venezuelan Vice President, Jorge Arreaza.
The purpose of his visit was to meet with Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss the
territorial dispute between Belize and Guyana. It was the wish and plan of the late
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro to have the Vice President and the Foreign
Minister of Venezuela to visit all CARICOM countries to discuss the issue.
The government’s press office says that the Vice President shared with Prime Minister
Barrow Venezuela’s position on the territorial dispute and reassured Barrow that
Venezuela does not want a conflict, and that Guyana has long demonstrated its commitment
to dialogue and to peace.
Venezuela is asking CARICOM countries to encourage Guyana to dialogue with her, and
towards this end, recently, the Presidents of both countries met with the United
Nations Secretary General separately on the issue. The UN Secretary General is now
trying to negotiate a meeting between the two presidents.
Prime Minister Barrow indicated that he was encouraged that the Venezuelans are
reaching out and he explained that “Belize would be willing to assist
in any way possible to bring the two nations to the negotiating table to foster
genuine, good faith efforts through dialogue.”
Vice President Arreaza was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Rosa Virginia Chavez,
daughter of the late Hugo Chavez. Belize was the 13th stop on his CARICOM tour.