CHARGE D’ Affaires of the United States Embassy here, Terry Steers-Gonzalez, has again pledged his country’s support for Guyana’s territorial sovereignty and has urged Venezuela to respect the Arbitral Award of 1899.
He also said that Guyana has the potential to become a rich oil state with the recent discovery of oil but warned that if the industry is not properly monitored then it can very well end up being a failure. Terry Steers-Gonzalez was at the time delivering the feature address at the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Annual Dinner and Dance held at the Anna Regina Town Hall on Saturday evening. During his address to those in attendance, the US diplomat called for neighbouring Venezuela to respect the 1899 Arbitral Award on the ongoing border controversy between the two nations.
Early this year, the US had called for a timely resolution to the controversy. Steers-Gonzalez said outgoing US Ambassador Perry Holloway had motivated the US to adopt its current position.