BWIA map includes New River Triangle as part of Suriname's territory
Stabroek News
May 22, 2002

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Dear Editor,

More 'eyepass.' On its website, BWIA is illustrating Suriname's geographical position with a map of the Guyana and Suriname region that marks the New River Triangle securely within Suriname's borders. Guyana looks like one big footprint. Please bring this item to the attention of the relevant Guyana Government Ministry, for them to sort out this show of disrespect with the airline.

I wonder when the Government and the PNC/R are going to shake their heads out of the sands, assert themselves and show a united strong backbone in dealing forcefully with Venezuela and Suriname. The Guyana Defence Force should definitely be strengthened, and the border areas populated and protected. If the Afro and Indo-Guyanese don't look out and buck up soon, instead of moaning about being disenfranchised they'll be moaning about being dispossessed!

Yours faithfully,

M. Bredie

Editor's note:

We have checked the BWIA website and can confirm that it is indeed the case that the airline has included the New River Triangle as part of Suriname's territory. In recent times our eastern neighbour has been mounting a campaign in the international arena to see that maps of the area encompass the New River Triangle within Surinamese boundaries.

The Guyana Government has so far neglected to address this problem in an energetic way, but clearly it needs to do so.