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    Isla De Aves

    East Caribbean reviews status of Isla de Aves


    The Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS) is trying to determine whether Isla de Aves, around 90 miles from La Guaira, on the north coast of Venezuela, deserves the status of island under international standards, before taking steps to set undersea borders with Venezuela, a spokesman said.

    The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves told reporters that so far OECS has agreed that Isla de Aves is part of the Venezuelan territory.

    Gonsalves is visiting Guyana for a meeting with officials at the headquarters of Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom).

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    annoda island

    nah leh venzuela claim dem de WI full enough
    “A sharp knife never proclaims it’s sharpness to the world…but the first to fall against it becomes it’s advocate.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj View Post
    annoda island

    nah leh venzuela claim dem de WI full enough
    CHAVEZ is GRABBING what BELONGS to VENEZUELA, U don't THINK???

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    CHAVEZ is GRABBING what BELONGS to VENEZUELA, U don't THINK???
    didnt read the full article to know if he is being a zealot about claiming Isla de Aves
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj View Post
    didnt read the full article to know if he is being a zealot about claiming Isla de Aves
    I SEE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    I SEE.
    but do you really ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj View Post
    but do you really ?
    NAH!

    QUESTIONS n ANSWERS would have been the ROAD that I will have taken, but since you didn't READ the FULL ARTICLE, thus the "I SEE" comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA View Post
    NAH!

    QUESTIONS n ANSWERS would have been the ROAD that I will have taken, but since you didn't READ the FULL ARTICLE, thus the "I SEE" comment.
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    I'm shocked by Prime Minister Gonsalves's statements on Bird Island, does he understand the implications
    Tuesday, April 3rd 2007

    Dear Editor,

    As a Caribbean man and moreso a Guyanese I am indignant and quite floored by Dr Ralph Gonsalves's tirade about not allowing anyone to dictate whether or not he should put pressure on the Government of Venezuela in relation to the issue of Bird Island. (SN 2007-04-01).

    Does Dr Gonsalves realise the repercussions he is creating by so cavalierly and angrily expressing his personal opinion on such an important international issue; an issue that has ramifications for all of us in the Caribbean, especially Guyana, with Venezuela's claim to two-thirds of our territory?

    Please, Dr Gonsalves, do not sell us out for a few gallons of oil! We are, and have been a proud people, who inherited our geographical boundaries from colonial times. We do not claim anyone's territories, and strongly protest anyone claiming ours. We need to stick together as one, not succumb to the demagogic tendencies of, yes, an elected leader, who is in the process of squandering his votes in the name of trying to control the destinies of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

    So, Dr Gonsalves, please leave such sensitive issues to the real powers that be-the peoples of Dominica and the Caribbean. I'm sure the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines did not elect you so that you can give the OECS's territories away for the sake of some short term aid.

    I hope readers across the Caribbean take note and respond to this issue. It is more than just a news item, it is an affront to our territorial integrity.

    Mr Editor, I am asking that you forward this letter, along with Dr Gonzalves's statements to the Caricom Secretariat for their comments. After all this is not an issue to be taken lightly.

    Yours faithfully,

    Sharir Chan

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    OECS has accepted Venezuela's sovereignty over Bird Island -Ralph Gonsalves
    Sunday, April 1st 2007

    St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the OECS had accepted Venezuela's sovereignty over Bird Island and that he would not allow anyone to dictate whether or not he should put pressure on the Government of Venezuela in relation to the issue.

    Bird Island is a low-lying, uninhabited islet situated off the coast of Dominica to which Venezuela lays claim. If the island is recognized as Venezuelan, it would potentially permit Caracas to increase the area of her Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) substantially, thereby impinging not only on the EEZ of Dominica but that of several OECS states as well. Up until last year Dominica, supported by the OECS, rejected the Venezuelan claim on the grounds that under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Bird Island was not a true island at all, but an uninhabitable "rock" which could not form the basis for any EEZ claim. Venezuela, however, is not a signatory to the Law of the Sea.

    Last year Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in a break with the traditional OECS position on the status of Bird Island, publicly acknowledged Venezuelan sovereignty over it, and told the media that his government would be entering into negotiations with Venezuela over the matter of maritime delimitation.

    Speaking at a press conference at the Caricom secretariat on Thursday, Gonsalves said, "Nobody is going to tell me which questions are important…I am a nationalist and a Caribbean man and imperialism does not define for me those questions which are important for me… I decide those as a democratically elected leader…So whether the OECS was softening its position with respect to the Venezuelan claim for Bird island is something I am not getting into."

    Gonsalves went on to say that Britain and the US had accepted that Bird Island was Venezuela's territory following a tribunal award by the Queen of Spain.

    The OECS too, he said, had accepted the sovereignty of Venezuela over Bird Island, which was a matter of historical record and something everyone should be clear about. He then added that the issue at stake had nothing to do with the sovereignty of Bird Island, but whether or not the area was a rock or an island in international law. He observed that Venezuela was not a signatory to the Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    As far as the ongoing disputes between the US and Venezuela were concerned, the St Vincent Prime Minister made it clear that he would not take sides since he respected and admired the leaders of both countries.

    "What I do know is that today in Venezuela there is not a military dictatorship…there is a democratically elected government and that leader has subjected himself to more elections from 1999 to today than any other government in the western hemisphere, and on every occasion Chavez has won," he said.

    "That tells me," he continued, "that the man's agenda, the man's programme and his policies are accepted by the people of Venezuela…" He added that this was just "a matter of objective assessment not a question dealing with ideology."

    Gonsalves said Venezuela had been helpful to both Dominica and St Vincent and pointed to the fact that the totality of trade between the US and Venezuela had grown tremendously. "Men quarreling but men trading," he remarked humorously.

    SOURCE: http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl...ws?id=56517390

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