Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Venezuela urges the UN to designate a Good Offices Envoy in the territorial controversy over the Venezuelan Essequibo


New York, 10 July 2015.- This afternoon the Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodríguez held a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in order to request the designation of a Good Offices Envoy in the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana.
Rodríguez was accompanied by Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, and Raúl Li Causi, Ambassador of Venezuela to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
At the end of the meeting, the Venezuelan Minister stated, “we brought a letter from President Nicolás Maduro asking for the designation of a Good Offices Envoy for the historical dispute that exists between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a mechanism contemplated in international law and in the Geneva Agreement of 1966, which is the instrument that was established to search for an amicable, practical and legal solution to this territorial dispute”.
Rodriguez emphasised that the disagreement about the border of the Venezuelan Essequibo is the result of imperialist manoeuvring, in which the current government of Guyana has participated.
“What is surprising is the presence of a transnational company, attempting to divide the region using energy requirements, in a territory that is the subject of a historical dispute”.
On this subject, Rodríguez indicated that empire is constantly preying on Venezuela’s natural and energy resources, principally those of the Hugo Chávez Frías Orinoco Belt, which is the largest petroleum reserve in the world.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister stated that it was a significant recognition that the issue of the territorial dispute should be governed by the Geneva Agreement of which both governments form a part and which they are obliged to respect.
On his part, Rafael Ramírez pointed out that this meeting is a political demonstration by Venezuela that reaffirms the need for a diplomatic solution to the territorial dispute.
“We ask the Secretary-General to make speed so that all of the necessary steps to reactivate the Good Offices mechanism can be carried out as quickly as possible”
Norman Girvan, UN Envoy for the Secretary-General's Good Offices, died on 9th April 2014; since that date no new envoy has been appointed for the issue of the territorial dispute of the Venezuelan Essequibo.