HC Deb 25 July 1968 vol 769 c218W
Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will take a diplomatic initiative to support the Government of Guyana in resisting the claims upon Guyanese territory now being made by Venezuela.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Her Majesty's Government have already conveyed to the Government of Venezuela their concern at certain recent developments in the dispute over Venezuela's frontier with Guyana. We hope that the parties to the dispute will pursue the path of peaceful negotiation in accordance with the letter and the spirit of the Geneva Agreement of 1966 and deprecate any action to raise tension and render a settlement more difficult. We shall naturally do all we can to further this objective and we are watching the situation closely.