The government of Guatemala rectified its position on the maritime and territorial sovereignty of Venezuela, expressed through the resolution issued by the self-styled Lima Group, which condemned the expulsion of two exploration vessels of the transnational ExxonMobil that were in Venezuelan jurisdictional waters.
The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Republic, Jorge Arreaza, who specified the sending of a diplomatic note in response to the document delivered Wednesday to the Chargé d’Affaires of Guatemala, Gilda Morales, that rejected the intervention in Venezuela’s internal affairs.
“We thank the government of Guatemala for sending a diplomatic note to our Foreign Ministry, in which it rectifies its position on point nine of the infamous declaration of the Lima Group, rescuing the principles of International Law,” Arreaza wrote in his Twitter account.
On Friday, January 4, 13 of the 14 countries that make up the right-wing international coalition issued a statement in which they indicated “concern over the interception” of the ExxonMobil transnational vessels, since, in their opinion, they were “inside of the exclusive economic zone of Guyana”.
In response, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, granted a period of 48 hours, counted as of Wednesday, January 9, to the governments of the Lima Group to rectify their interventionist position regarding the institutionality, integrity and territorial sovereignty of Venezuela.
During a meeting with national and international media, he indicated that if the request was not met within the established period, “more crude” diplomatic measures would be adopted, since it would be “unacceptable” to seek to modify the maritime and territorial limits of the nation.
Translation by Internationalist 360°