Jagdeo in Trinidad maritime talks
March 2, 2004
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President Bharrat Jagdeo, on his way back from Barbados, stopped in for talks in Trinidad on the maritime dispute between the two countries.
According to an Office of the President press release, at a press conference after discussions with Prime Minister Patrick Manning he asserted that there was no conspiracy against Trinidad and Tobago and that the Exclusive Economic Zone Cooperation Treaty between Guyana and Barbados has been in negotiation for two years and was not the result of recent developments.
Trinidad and Barbados are embroiled in a serious diplomatic spat over fishing rights off the coast off Tobago.
Jagdeo added that Guyana had always held a consistent position of objection to the Delimitation Treaty of 1990 that Trinidad signed with Venezuela and maintained that Guyana would steadfastly defend its territorial integrity. He heads to Jamaica today for emergency talks on the crisis in Haiti.