Venezuela’s claim to Bird Island seems about to become an election issue in Grenada with opposition parties protesting the length of time it is taking to settle the matter.
The Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) and the People’s Labour Movement (PLM) say it is time to settle maritime boundaries matters between Grenada and Venezuela. The parties have written a joint letter which is to be delivered to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez through the Venezuelan Embassy in Grenada.
This will be done following what they describe as a walk for oil and gas on Friday from the Tropicana Inn to Islander Gap. The letter will request that President Chavez make a public statement that Venezuela is prepared to sit with Grenada to look at what is required in international law to settle maritime boundaries with Grenada.
During a press conference on Monday; Political Leader of the GULP Reynold Benjamin says when the country can explore oil and gas, several benefits will be derived. PLM leader Dr. Francis Alexis says maritime boundaries can be settled through arbitration.