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Leader of Venezuela to meet with President of Guyana

Leader of Venezuela to meet with President of Guyana President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro (photo: Getty Images)

The Presidents of Venezuela and Guyana are set to meet in an attempt to alleviate escalating tensions over Caracas' territorial claims on the neighboring country, according to Bloomberg.

It is noted that this meeting was organized by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Caribbean Community to address the growing tensions arising from Venezuela's territorial claims on the neighboring country, as reported by Bloomberg.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 14, on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The President of CELAC, Ralph Gonsalves, announced that, at the request of both countries, the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has also been invited to the meeting.

Gonsalves further revealed that the Caribbean Community and CELAC have reached an agreement on the urgent need for de-escalation of the conflict and the initiation of a corresponding dialogue.

"Time is of the essence. Let us all resolve to make this historic gathering a successful one," said Gonsalves.

What proceeded this

Earlier, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro initiated the annexation process of Essequibo, a region in neighboring Guyana where oil and gas reserves were discovered, constituting two-thirds of the country's territory.

To achieve this, Maduro decided to conduct a referendum, leading to increased tensions and the possibility of war between Venezuela and Guyana.

The Venezuelan president also signed a series of decrees annexing parts of Guyana's territory and unveiled a new map of the country, incorporating the Essequibo region.

For more information on the conflict between Venezuela and Guyana and its potential impact on Ukraine, you can read the article by RBC-Ukraine.