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Venezuela agrees to accept new Guyana Ambassador and return Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana

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The UN investigative team is expected to submit a final report to the UN Secretary General on the completion of its probe. That report is expected to recommend a lasting resolution to the controversy.
Venezuela agrees to accept new Guyana Ambassador and return Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana

Following talks with President David Granger through the United Nations Secretary General, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to accept the credentials of the new Guyana Ambassador to Venezuela and to send his Ambassador back to Guyana.

Venezuela has also agreed to accept a United Nations Investigative team to look into the concerns that Guyana has expressed about Venezuela’s continued aggression and illegal claim to Guyana’s territory.

The UN investigative team is expected to submit a final report to the UN Secretary General on the completion of its probe. That report is expected to recommend a lasting resolution to the controversy.

President David Granger maintains that he wants a judicial settlement to the matter.

The closed door meeting between the two Presidents took place on Sunday evening in the office of the UN Secretary General with the Secretary General himself sitting at the head of the table as the two leaders and their Foreign Ministers sat on opposite sides.

The talks marked the first time that the two Presidents were meeting since Mr. Granger was elected to government and since Venezuela began its threats against Guyana. The meeting also came at a time when Guyana was forced to complain to the international community about a build up of Venezuelan armed forces near the Guyana border.

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President Granger said it is time for Venezuelan to send its Ambassador back to Guyana and accept the credentials of the new Guyana Ambassador to Venezuela. Venezuela recalled its Ambassador a few months ago as the Guyana government started to rally the international community in its corner following Venezuela’s illegal claim to Guyana’s territory and maritime zone where an American oil company is carrying out exploration. (by Gordon Moseley at UN Headquarters)

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