CARICOM Shun Venezuela’s Proposal

CARICOM says the referendum proposed by Venezuela in December has no validity as the border dispute between Guyana and Caracas reached a new level this week.

In a statement yesterday, the CARICOM Secretariat said two of the questions approved to be posed in the Referendum, if answered in the affirmative, would authorize the government of Venezuela to embark on the annexation of territory, that constitutes part of Guyana, and to create a state within Venezuela known as Guyana Essequibo.

 CARICOM said it wanted to reaffirm that international law strictly prohibits the government of one state from unilaterally seizing, annexing, or incorporating the territory of another state.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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