President David Granger’s UN Address – 29 September 2015 – video

video – http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/general-assembly/watch/guyana-general-debate-70th-session/4517773205001

President David Granger’s UN Address –  29 September 2015

President David Granger delivered Guyana’s Address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, September 29, 2015

The entire address focused on the border issue with Venezuela and the latter’s baseless and avaricious claim to 5/8 of Guyana…Essequibo. It was a focused, definitive, declaratory and a brilliant submission. To read the transcript of his speech … click on the link below.  A UN Report on the Speech also follows:

http://gadebate.un.org/sites/default/files/gastatements/70/70_GY_en.pdf

ALSO READ- UN REPORT:

President of Guyana urges UN to protect small States from foreign aggression

Photo above:President David Arthur Granger of Guyana addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

29 September 2015 – Reaffirming his country’s commitment to international law and the primacy of the decisions of the United Nations, the President of Guyana today called on the world body to stand by its commitment to protect small States from foreign aggression, in this case, attempts by Venezuela to “unravel borders which have been undisturbed for decades.”

In a statement to the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, David Arthur Granger focused solely on his country’s long-simmering territorial dispute with neighbouring Venezuela – an issue he said was actually settled 116 years ago. “The whole world – except the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela – accepts our borders,” he declared.

“For fifty years, our small country has been prevented from fully exploiting our rich natural resources. Venezuela has threatened and deterred investors and frustrated our economic development,” he said emphasizing that Guyana’s territorial integrity is being violated by Venezuela, “which has occupied a part of our territory, the most recent incident being on 10 October 2013, when it sent a naval corvette into our maritime zone and expelled a peaceful, petroleum exploration vessel which was conducting seismic surveys.”

Quoting a UN General Assembly resolution adopted some 20 years ago, President Granger said that despite such international decisions and attempts at arbitration, Venezuela had promulgated “spurious decrees” claiming Guyana’s territory, the most recent being on May 26th, 2015, our independence anniversary, when Venezuela issued a decree with specified coordinates purporting to annex almost our entire maritime zone.

“That decree constituted a reassertion of its claim to five of Guyana’s ten regions,” he declared, rejecting claims by Venezuela which he said are in defiance of international law. “Guyana resists Venezuela’s acts of aggression in defiance of the Charter of the United Nations which prescribes the peaceful settlement of disputes and proscribes the use of armed force.”

He said Venezuela is unsettling a settled border. “It is destabilizing a stable region of the globe by the use of armed force against a peaceful, small State. Venezuela has retarded Guyana’s development by threats that are intended to force a small state to yield its birthright,” he continued, adding that Venezuela’s expansionist ambitions cannot be allowed to unsettle the principle of inviolability of borders, undermine the tenets of international law and unravel borders which have been undisturbed for decades.

Renewing Guyana’s pledge to continue pursuing the path of peace, he said Guyana does not wish for Venezuela’s “obnoxious territorial claim” to obscure the prospects of peace and obstruct the possibility of growth for the next 50 years. “We need a permanent solution in order to avoid the fate of perpetual peril and penury. Guyana seeks a juridical settlement to this controversy.”

Mr. Granger said Guyana reposes its faith and places its fate in the international system of peace that was promised by the Charter of the United Nations 70 years ago. “We want to bring an end to Venezuelan aggression. We want to develop our country, all of our country, in accordance with international law,” he declared, calling upon the UN to give “real meaning” its Assembly resolution of 9 May 1994 by establishing a collective security system not merely to “monitor’ but, more so, ‘maintain’ the security of small States.


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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 09/30/2015 at 1:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this latest development.

  • Leslie Chin  On 09/30/2015 at 10:29 am

    President Granger’s speech has highlighted the plight of small mini and micro states. These countries can barely eke out a living and depend on aid from richer countries to make ends meet. There are exceptions like Singapore and the Bahamas which operate as tax havens. Liberia flies flags of convenience.

    Guyana’s plight is exacerbated by territorial claims by Venezuela and Suriname and massive emigration. These countries need to belong to larger blocs for mutual self help, trade and defence e.g. Caricom, OAS, the EU, NATO, etc.

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