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Guyana and Venezuela to have talks

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Rashaed Esson

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December 13, 2023 – Irfaan Ali, President of Guyana, and Nicholas Maduro, President of Venezuela, are meeting on Thursday, December 14th, 2023, to have talks amid the developing territorial dispute.

 

Reports say this comes after Maduro himself talked with Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and president pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday, December 9th, 2023.

 

Despite Ali’s willingness to have a meeting with Maduro, he informed him that Essequibo, “Guyana’s land boundary, is not up for discussion.”

 

Ali in an interview with local and international media entities, emphasized that there will be no negotiations as Guyana will stay within the borders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), where the dispute will be settled. 

 

Also, commenting on the development, Venezuela’s government expresses that this “is in order to preserve our aspiration to maintain Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace.”

 

In continuation, Ali posted on his Facebook a statement by Sir Shridath Ramphal on the meeting, and Ramphal starts strongly pointing out that the limit of whatever is talked about is understood or must be understood as false expectations are discouraged.

 

Ramphal highlighted CARICOM’s attitude to Guyana regarding the border conflict between Venezuela and Guyana. He said that for decades, CARICOM has been very vocal and consistent in its support for Guyana, which shone through brighter than ever before when a recent meeting in December was conducted where CARICOM reiterated its position on important factors. In support of Guyana.

 

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, is reportedly invited to the meeting as an observer. He said Brazil is prepared to support and follow dialogue initiatives. Silva, according to reports, points out that this meeting is necessary to avoid unilateral measures that could escalate the situation. 

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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