By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is continuing with its mobilization of the armed forces in direct response to a show of force by the Venezuelan Army on the border it shares with Guyana.
Early Saturday morning (September 26), GDF Soldiers marched through the streets of Georgetown, with one camp coming from Providence on the East Bank of Demerara and the other from Plaisance on the East Coast of Demerara.
Similar mobilisation exercises also took place on the Linden Soesdyke Highway, Anna Regina and Berbice.
Guyana and Venezuela are currently embroiled in a bitter controversy after the neighbouring state recently made a claim of Guyana two thirds of Guyana’s territory. The claimed area also includes the Stabroek Block in which ExxonMobil recently made a significant oil discovery.
Recently, the situation escalated with the presence of “extraordinary” amounts of troops on the Venezuelan side of the border. Additionally, Venezuela has also deployed naval vessels laden with high-powered weapons in the Cuyuni River.
Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Mark Phillips told the soldiers at Camp Ayangana this morning that they should stand ready to defend Guyana’s borders.
“We are ready to ensure that we have peace throughout Guyana. We are defending Guyana, we are defining aggression on our frontier because we want to have peace in our country,” said the Brigadier.
The Brigadier pointed out that Guyana’s President, David Granger is currently at a United Nations Summit and it is hoped that there will be a positive outcome as it relates to the Guyana/Venezuela issue.
“The whole of Guyana is looking at us…I urge you to remain fit and ready to defend Guyana. Remain alert to the threats against Guyana. We don’t want war, we want peace,” said Phillips.
Meanwhile, President Granger is expected to participate in a meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro on Sunday, September 27 in New York, which will be facilitated by the United Nations.