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Maduro proposes law to implement the annexation of Essequibo, an area disputed with Guyana

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduroproposed this Tuesday the creation of a law to implement the results of Sunday’s referendum, in which Venezuelans unilaterally approved the annexation of the territory of almost 160 thousand square kilometers in dispute with Guyana, the Essequibounder the control of Georgetown.

It is an “organic law to regulate the creation of the State Guyana Essequiba“, which includes the disputed area, said the president, during an event with ministers, governors, mayors, diplomats, military personnel and other senior officials.

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

He chavista leader asked MPs to establish how the results of the referendumon what The Venezuelans agreed, among other matters, to “oppose by all means” the concessions granted by Guyana in waters that Caracas considers “pending delimitation”.

The objective is to develop an “organic law for all generations of Venezuelans”, he stressed. Maturewhich hopes to commit all Venezuelan institutions to fulfilling the mandate expressed at the polls.

The controversy over this area dates back to the 19th century.but since 2018 it has gained strength following the admission of the case by International Court of Justice (ICJ)who asked Venezuela not carry out actions that change the current dynamics of the area, managed by Guyana.

Although, Maduro rejects ICJ mediation in this mattera claim that was also reinforced by the referendum, in which Venezuelans agreed not to recognize the jurisdiction of the international court that, in any case, will issue a decision binding on the two nations in the coming months.

Source: Elcomercio

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