Venezuela navy pounce on GT researchers


Venezuela navy pounce on GT researchers

Stabroek news – October 11, 2013.

A Venezuela frigate yesterday shadowed a research vessel for a US oil explorer in Guyana’s waters and later forced it to the Venezuelan island of Margarita where it is presently detained, sparking a strong protest from Guyana.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning said: “The Government of Guyana is of the firm belief that the actions taken by the Venezuelan navy vessel constitute a serious threat to the peace of this sub-region and the Government of Guyana therefore strongly condemns these actions.”          

The move by Caracas comes after an August 31, 2013 visit by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to Guyana in which he and President Donald Ramotar recommitted to  the United Nations Good Offices process in the search for a peaceful and practical settlement of the border controversy between the two countries. On the very day of the visit, there was an intrusion at Eteringbang, Region Seven by Venezuelan soldiers and civilians, the latter with the intention of restating Venezuela’s claim to Guyana’s territory.  [read more]



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