Maduro proposes a law to annex the disputed territory with Guyana

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday proposed creating a law to implement the results of Sunday’s referendum, in which Venezuelans unilaterally agreed to the annexation of nearly 160,000 square kilometers of territory in dispute with Guyana , under the control of Georgetown.

It is an “organic law to regulate the establishment of the state of Guayana Esequiba,” which includes the disputed territory, the president said at an event with ministers, governors, mayors, diplomats, soldiers and other senior officials.

Maduro presented the bill to the President of the National Assembly (Parliament), Jorge Rodríguez, who promised to quickly discuss and approve, starting tomorrow, all articles of this legal framework, the details of which are unknown.

The Chavista leader asked delegates to determine the manner in which the results of the referendum will be implemented, in which Venezuelans agreed, among other things, to “oppose by all means possible” the concessions granted by Guyana in waters that Caracas claims “awaiting being demarcated”.

The goal is to develop an “organic law for all generations of Venezuelans,” Maduro emphasized, who hopes to oblige all Venezuelan institutions to adhere to the mandate declared in the elections.

The controversy in this area dates back to the 19th century, but has gained momentum since 2018 thanks to the admission of the case by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which has asked Venezuela not to complete the actions that change the current dynamics. over the area, administered by Guyana.

However, Maduro rejects the ICJ’s mediation in this case, an assertion that was also reinforced by the referendum, in which Venezuelans agreed not to recognize the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, which in any case will issue a decision binding on the two nations in the country. next months.

Source: El heraldo