CARICOM affirms support for Guyana's territorial integrity
Commonwealth group to meet in Sept

Stabroek News
July 7, 2000

The CARICOM Heads of Government have expressed satisfaction with the efforts being made by Guyana and Venezuela in strengthening their relations, but noted with concern Caracas' objections to the development of a rocket launch site in the Essequibo.

A communique issued after the conclusion of the Heads of Government summit in St Vincent yesterday noted that "...Venezuela had protested against the signing of an agreement establishing the company Beal Guyana Launch Services for the development of a rocket launch site in the Essequibo, which has attracted much needed foreign investment to contribute to Guyana's national developmental efforts".

The Heads of Government reaffirmed their full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Guyana and for the peaceful resolution of the controversy under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General, a process to which both Guyana and Venezuela remained committed.

They welcomed the news conveyed by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon, that a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Committee on the controversy with Venezuela would be convened in September, the communique stated.

The heads were pleased with the efforts of both countries in advancing their programmes of functional cooperation under the high level bilateral commission.

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