Guyana was expected to use an emergency meeting of CARICOM leaders on September 13, 2021, to seek continued support from the 15-member regional grouping in its border dispute with Venezuela.
The regional leaders meet virtually to discuss the vaccination issue as they continue to implement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali on Sunday, September 12 said he would seek CARICOM support in light of the recent decision by the Nicolas Maduro government and opposition parties to reach an agreement unifying their claim to the ownership of a significant portion of Guyana.
Ali told reporters that countries should seek to get Venezuela to participate in the border case now before the International Court of Justice instead of backing a move by Caracas for bilateral negotiations with Georgetown to settle their decades-long claim.
Guyana is seeking to obtain a final and binding judgement that will clearly state that the Essequibo region is indisputably part of this country.