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Venezuela reaffirms its commitment to the Joint Declaration of Argyle

Caracas, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela reaffirmed on Saturday its steadfast commitment to the Joint Declaration of Argyle, inked in 2023 by Presidents Nicolas Maduro and his Guyanese counterpart, Irfaan Ali, and rejected an official notice from Guyana.

A communiqué from Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the official notice on Friday by the Guyanese Government issues “improper comments” on the Organic Law for the Defense of the Essequibo, approved by the National Assembly-Parliament.

The Executive of the Bolivarian Republic described that fact as an “evident act of interference” in matters that only concern Venezuelans.

The press release recalled Guyana that, under no circumstances, Venezuela is compelled to provide explanations on the legislative processes of its institutions, and affirmed that the Bolivarian Constitution “is very crystal-clear” in stating that national sovereignty resides exclusively in the people.

The Ministry’s document stressed that the genesis of that Organic Law is based on the decision of the Venezuelan people, expressed in a constitutional and democratic manner in the Consultative Referendum held in the country on December 3, 2023, which was attended by over 10 million Venezuelans, according to official data.

It argued that Venezuela informed the international community that the aforementioned legal instrument seeks to “defend and preserve the sovereign and unquestionable rights of Venezuela” over the Essequibo territory.

The text remarked that always, under the aegis of international law and the 1966 Geneva Agreement, which is “the only valid instrument to resolve in an amicable and satisfactory manner” the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana.

The Bolivarian Republic ratified, once again, its steadfastness and commitment to the dialogue process promoted in Argyle, on December 14, 2023 and reaffirmed at the meeting of foreign ministers of Venezuela and Guyana held in Brasilia, on January 25, 2024.