Wednesday, 21 November 2007


Well things look to have calmed down a bit so good news for the CFZ. I hope sense continue to prevail come November 22nd;

Steve Jones

Guyana, Venezuela agree to temporary "truce"

Following a verbal claim from Guyana Foreign Minister Rudolph Insanally in connection with a confusing border incident, Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana Darío Morando said both countries agreed to wait until next November 22 to create a taskforce to assess the events related to the alleged blowout of two dredgers by the Venezuelan Army.

"We have met and are willing to find a diplomatic solution to this incident. Anyway, we have agreed to a truce until next Thursday, when Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolás Maduro is returning from an international trip," Morando explained.

He added that Maduro -who is accompanying President Hugo Chávez in a tour of the Middle East and Europe- need to be present in Venezuela to give the relevant instructions and designate the Venezuelan committee that is to deal with this issue. "The Ministers of Foreign Affairs could even meet, but I do not think this is necessary,"
Morandy added.

Guyana, however, has suggested the moves it is making if Venezuela does not provide a satisfactory answer. Georgetown plans to file an action with United Nations, Insanally said on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, two dredgers engaged in gold mining activities were blown out on the Venezuela-Guyana border. The Guyana government claims the incident came amidst a Venezuelan military operation allegedly intended to fight illegal mining operations and reportedly conducted in Guyana territory.

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