GUYANA IN THE WORLDProduct no.: HP201
The First of the First Fifty Years and the Predatory Challenge
As Guyana marks the 50th Anniversary of its Independence on 26 May 2016, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs has produced an essay on Guyana’s engagement with the world – in two Parts. First, the highlights of its regional and international encounters in the earliest years of Independence; and secondly, the ‘predatory’ challenges it has faced on its borders, particularly from Venezuela. The Venezuelan challenge has preceded Independence and lasted with increasing intensity all of the last fifty years. Sir Shridath Ramphal who was invited to write the essay, has had experience of Guyana’s international experience over the full period of fifty years and has been an active player in both areas of internationalism – the early years and the frontier issues. The essay throws new light on several areas of the Venezuelan challenge and looks to its resolution by judicial settlement under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General.