The campaign for the December 3 referendum in Venezuela on the Essequibo begins

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Caracas, Nov 6 (EFE).- Venezuela begins this Monday the campaign for the non-binding referendum on December 3 on the dispute with Guyana over the almost 160,000 square kilometers west of the Essequibo River, in which citizens will be consulted about whether Do they agree or not with the annexation of this territory rich in natural and mineral resources to their country, among other questions.

With the call to respond "five times yes", the ruling party plans to begin the campaign, which will end on December 1, with a mobilization throughout the country, organized by the regional and municipal teams created in recent days, with the task of disseminate the five questions that will be asked in the referendum and motivate Venezuelans to participate in the consultative process.

The mayor of Caracas, Carmen Meléndez, explained on Venezuela's historical position of not recognizing the jurisdiction" of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to "resolve the territorial controversy."

During this week, there will also be a conference on "sovereignty and national integrity" and a "great day of agitation, propaganda and muralism," according to the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV).

The National Electoral Council (CNE) announced on Friday that a mock referendum will be held on November 19 so that the population "becomes familiar" with next month's process, when more than 20 million citizens will be able to participate.

Guyana and international organizations such as the Caribbean Community (Caricom), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Commonwealth (commonwealth of former British colonies and protectorates) reject the referendum.

Georgetown said last week that it has sought "urgent protection" from the ICJ, which declared last April that it has jurisdiction to rule on this controversy, in the face of "Venezuela's sinister plan to seize the Guyanese territory" of Essequibo.

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