By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – With Venezuela’s recent claim to Guyana’s oil rich waters, concerns have been raised as it relates to the security of the ExxonMobil rig which is currently drilling for oil in the Stabroek Bloc, but President David Granger has made it clear that the U.S Oil giant has nothing to worry about.
Venezuela’s most recent claim has been heavily disputed by the local diplomatic corps with Vice President with responsibility for Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge saying that it is “shameless” and exposes the greed of the oil producing South American state.
When questioned by the media on Wednesday, the President said that he does not believe that the decree poses a threat to the physical integrity of the platform. This is despite the government already stating the decree empowers the Venezuelan Navy to secure the controversial area.
“I don’t think there is any threat to the Exxon platform. It is quite clear that the Venezuelan decree and the lines are erroneous, they are not acceptable. They have no basis according to international law…we do not issue licenses to our maritime territory which is under threat,” the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces affirmed.
President Granger also stated that he is at odds to ascertain why Venezuela would want to make such a claim on the country’s territory at this point in Guyana’s history.
“I have never seen a map like that…so it’s really beyond me,” he stated.
Earlier, Greenidge had noted that Guyana will not waiver in its response to the illegal claim. The Minister also pointed out the international community has been duly apprised of the recent developments in the decades old controversy.