“We will not go to war” with Guyana, Venezuelan legislator says

A “Statement by the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana” on October 23, 2023, said it viewed the national referendum scheduled for December 3, 2023, especially at question five, “most pernicious,” as amounting to nothing less than the annexation of Guyana territory in blatant violation of the most fundamental rules of the UN Charter, the OAS Charter, and general international law.”

However, Venezuelan legislator Jacobo Torres has declared that, despite increased aggressiveness from the Bolivarian Republic as the border dispute drags on, his nation will not go to war with Guyana. Torres offered his thoughts on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute on Monday during a panel discussion at Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies in Trinidad.

According to Torres, the Caribbean and Latin America must continue to be “zones of peace” and demonstrate defiance against outside pressures and other “forces.” “We will not fall into provocation! We are a people of dialogue; we are a peaceful people!”, Torres declared. “We will not invade a country, especially one we share a border with,” the legislator said.

On November 14, 2023, Guyana’s Agent Carl Grenidge told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Guyana’s request for provisional measures that it saw Venezuela’s posturing as an “existential threat to Guyana and to more than two-thirds of its national territory that Venezuela’s publicly stated plans portend.” The former Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs stated, “It is not an exaggeration to describe the current threat to Guyana as existential and the need for provisional measures as urgent.”