The Ministers were making reference to the long standing and protracted dispute territorial between the two South American neighbours, where the Spanish-speaking Venezuela has been demanding that an extensive portion of English-speaking Guyana is within the territorial border of Guyana.
The meeting also welcomed the efforts of Belize and Guatemala to reduce tensions pending a final resolution to their territorial dispute
In a meeting chaired by St. Kitts & Nevis Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Condor, the representatives noted with satisfaction, the continued growth, maturity and deepening of relations between the Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and expressed the view that this positive and sustained friendly climate in the relationship between the two countries was conducive to the realization of the mandate of the Good Offices Process.”
However, Caribbean Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the maintenance and safeguarding of Guyana’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
On the Belize-Guatemala relations issue Ministers noted the report on the commitment of the two countries to conduct the simultaneous referenda to decide whether to refer the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice for final settlement as required by the Special Agreement.
“They welcomed the efforts of both countries to improve the effectiveness of the Agreement on Confidence Building Measures to reduce tensions, pending a final resolution to the territorial dispute and to develop modes of functional cooperation in areas of mutual concern.
Ministers commended the support of the Group of Friends and the Organization of
American States (OAS) in helping to maintain peace and stability in the Region and called on the international community to continue to support the OAS and the two countries in this respect.
Ministers welcomed the establishment of an office of the OAS located in Belize along Adjacency Zone which straddles both borders. Ministers also noted that the Guatemalan Congress had given the legislative approval for the referendum in that country, and that both Belize and Guatemala had to agree on the date for the referendum.