Guyana, Venezuela ponder "next steps" to negotiate
Norman Girvan, the UN Good Officer, gave a technical workshop to representatives of the two countries
Representatives of Venezuela and Guyana held a meeting on Tuesday in New York that was organized by Jamaican scholar Norman Girvan, the Secretary-General s Personal Representative for the border controversy between Venezuela and Guyana. After the meeting, the parties are exploring "next steps" for bilateral negotiations.
According to a communiqué issued by the UN, officials of the two countries attended a technical workshop headed by Girvan.
The United Nations Good Officer in the territorial dispute said that the workshop focused on multi-dimensional approaches and best practices in the resolution of controversies implemented around the world.
"The participants displayed a tremendously positive and constructive spirit, and everyone agreed that we are all better equipped with relevant information," Girvan added. He noted that the parties are currently exploring the "next steps" to be taken. However, he did not say whether there are further meetings scheduled.
Ban Ki-Moon s personal representative also said that the workshop "took place in the context of extremely friendly and cordial relations, where the participants reiterated Guyana and Venezuela s commitment to a peaceful resolution of the controversy."
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."