TT Chamber concerned by Venezuela’s advances on Guyana; calls for further dialogue

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TT Chamber concerned by Venezuela’s advances on Guyana; calls for further dialogue

The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (T&T Chamber) has expressed serious concerns over the recent developments between Guyana and Venezuela.

The Chamber believes CARICOM and other entities ought to be involved in dialogue between the two nations in the ongoing dispute over the Essequibo region.

Expressing concerns over the recent escalation in the border dispute, the T&T Chamber said via a release that it was hopeful that intervention by the relevant bodies will allow for a quick and cordial resolution.

The T&T Chamber said: “Knowing that United Nations’ International Court of Justice passed its ruling in favour of Guyana and that Venezuela held its referendum should have signalled the need for urgent dialogue between both countries.

Our region has a rich history of cooperation and collaboration in the best interest of our people.”

The Chamber called for the preservation of peace, noting that the disputed region accounts for just over two-thirds of Guyana’s geographic space and approximately 15 per cent of the population.

“The advances by Venezuela are very concerning and unnerving and we hope that intervention by the relevant multilateral actors will allow for a speedy and amicable resolution,” the Chamber concluded.