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Gonsalves says was unaware he was standing behind Venezuela map that included Essequibo – Stabroek News

Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves (left in foreground) greeting President Irfaan Ali after his arrival at Argyle on December 14. (Office of the President photo)

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves yesterday said that he was unaware that in December 2022 he had been standing behind a papier-mâché map of Venezuela which included Guyana’s county of Essequibo.

The appearance on social media of the image triggered queries of Gonsalves by the Guyana Government given the interlocutor role he played last month in trying to ease tensions between this country and Venezuela which spiralled after Caracas staged a referendum to annexe Essequibo.

In a letter of yesterday’s date addressed to President Irfaan Ali and President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Gonsalves urged that the two leaders build on the December 14 Declaration of Argyle setting out the pathway to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

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