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UN Security Council will discuss dispute over Essequibo tomorrow

United Nations, December 7 (Prensa Latina) The UN Security Council will discuss the dispute between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo area tomorrow behind closed doors, according to the agenda published today.

The call for the meeting responds to the request sent by the Georgetown Executive and announced on Tuesday by the president of that nation, Mohamed Irfaan Ali.

The president advanced his request for a meeting to inform the United Nations security body of Venezuela’s latest actions in the disputed Essequibo area, in the search for “appropriate measures” from the Council.

The dispute remains in the spotlight after President Nicolás Maduro announced several provisions that his government could take to enforce the result of the referendum held last Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Venezuelan Parliament approved the Organic Law Project for the Defense of Guayana Esequiba that proposes, among other actions, the creation of a state with that name.

For its part, Guyana considered these actions “as a direct threat to the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence” of the country after the order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on December 1.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, advocated the day before for a peaceful resolution and asked to refrain from any action that could aggravate or extend the dispute or make it more difficult to resolve.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, the minister trusted that both States will comply with the order issued by the ICJ and recalled that the decisions of the highest court of the United Nations are binding.

The ruling asked both parties to avoid actions that complicate the current differences and notified that Venezuela “must refrain from taking any measure that could modify the situation that currently prevails in the disputed territory,” while “Guyana administers and exercises control over that area.” ”.

The controversy over that space of almost 160 thousand square kilometers has escalated in recent weeks with the Venezuelan side denouncing tenders to transnational oil companies in undelimited waters.

This Wednesday, Caracas proposed to Georgetown to return to the path of direct dialogue through the 1966 Geneva Agreement and rejected the intention to install US military bases in its territory.

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