Guyana alerts against the deployment of Venezuelan troops – DW – 05/18/2024

Guyana alerts against the deployment of Venezuelan troops – DW – 05/18/2024
Guyana alerts against the deployment of Venezuelan troops – DW – 05/18/2024

The vice president of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, stated this Friday (05/17/2024) that he is “very attentive” and put the competent authorities on alert to protect its territory and sovereignty after the alleged military deployment of Venezuela on the common border, in the framework of the dispute over the Essequibo region.

“We are very attentive, we observe the events, we work with our allies in this regard and our main concern is to maintain our territorial integrity and our sovereignty,” Jagdeo declared at a press conference.

The vice president, after confirming the accumulation of troops on the island of Ankoko and in the Punta Barima area, near Guyana, which is part of the border between both countries, denounced that Venezuela “took it by force.”

“We notify relevant agencies of Venezuela’s continued attempts to build up presence on our border in a threatening posture,” Jadgeo reported.

In his opinion, “this is inconsistent with what we agreed to, which is that we want to maintain this region as a zone of peace.”

satellite images

Likewise, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), based in the United States, published several satellite images in mid-February that revealed that Venezuela was expanding its military base on the island of Ankoko and in the Punta Barima area, near Guyana.

In a meeting at the end of January, both countries committed to continuing dialogue on the controversy surrounding the Essequibo region and even addressing the 1966 Geneva Agreement.

The presidents of both countries also committed to advancing bilateral relations regardless of the border controversy.

The territorial dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over the Essequibo, a territory of about 160,000 square kilometers, reached its peak after Venezuela held, on December 3, a unilateral referendum in which it approved annexing the territory in question.

Venezuela defends the 1966 Agreement as a legal instrument to resolve the dispute, while Guyana is based on the 1899 arbitration award and is committed to resolving the conflict through the process opened in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

ct (efe, afp)

 
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