Venezuela’s aggression

Dear Editor,
Zadok Ministers Fellowship notes the escalation of Venezuela’s aggression in its unlawful claim to Guyana’s Essequibo territory. We are firmly of the view that Guyana’s border with Venezuela was legally and internationally decided by a tribunal of arbitration in 1899, in what was determined then to be a full, perfect, and final settlement.
The Fellowship views Venezuela’s actions as an illegitimate attempt to disrupt our peaceful way of life. We commend the strong, united approach between the Government of Guyana and the Opposition, and indeed all the peoples of Guyana, on this singular vision and goal of defending Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Fellowship is aware and conscious that Venezuela’s planned December 3 Referendum can create fear and uneasiness in our country, therefore we call for civility and the sensible creation, use and dissemination of videos, flyers, posters and statements on social media and other media platforms.
We urge vigilance and for fact-checking to be done, so that we do not feed the spirit of fear and fearmongering.
We strongly condemn propaganda that seeks to incite war, violence, xenophobia, discrimination, ethnic tension, and inhumane behaviour.
Zadok Ministers Fellowship recognizes and embraces the International Court of Justice as the only competent institution for a peaceful, legal, permanent and final settlement of the Venezuela border controversy.
God is more than able to deliver and protect Guyana from all dangers. The Holy Scriptures, in Hebrews 12:14, place an obligation and responsibility on all human beings to “make every effort to live in peace with everyone, and to be holy…” We therefore call upon all Christian brothers and sisters to pray for Guyana to continue on its path of peace and prosperity.
Finally, we believe that this current situation has created an opportunity for our people to come together as Guyanese, and break down racial and ethnic barriers as we embrace our nation’s motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny. In this regard, we support the Government’s call for national unity in defending our territorial sovereignty, for every blade of grass within the 83,000 square miles of Guyana’s internationally established boundaries belongs to Guyanese.
Zadok Ministers Fellowship – We are better together!