New York, United States – (September 24, 2016) Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, today declared “I have to make a assessment by November” on the way forward with regard to the Venezuela border controversy with Guyana. The Secretary-General made these comments during a meeting with President David Granger at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York.
President David Granger and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge
President David Granger, during the meeting accepted this timetable and committed to providing any additional information, which Mr. Ban Ki-moon may need in order to complete that assessment. The Head of State thanked the Secretary-General for his efforts. “We have been very impressed with the seriousness with which you have approached the problem and your own sincerity… We have been personally convinced that you want to bring closure to this matter,” he said.
In a brief invited comment, following the meeting, President Granger added, “We support the process. We are confident that this process will lead to a conclusion that is satisfactory.”
Also attending the meeting on behalf of Guyana were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Sir Shridath Ramphal, who was present at the signing of the Geneva Agreement in 1966 between the United Kingdom, on behalf of the then British Guiana and Venezuela and Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Audrey Waddell.
Secretary Ban Ki-moon will demit office on December 31.