[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Venezuelan diplomat has declared that Guyana has no documents to prove its ownership of the Essequibo region, which is being claimed by Venezuela.
This statement was made by Venezuela’s Ambassador to Grenada Jorge Alfonzo Guerrero Veloz at a media briefing in the Caribbean Island.
In the report carried by Grenada’s MTV News, Veloz claims that Guyana is a state of the United States of America hence the issue is gaining much traction.
“I am going to make it clear, in March of this year the Government of the US declared Venezuela an unusual and extraordinary threat to their homeland security,” said Veloz via an interpreter.
According to the Ambassador, the Guyana Government does not possess any legal documentation to prove its ownership to the Essequibo region.
Asked whether the recent oil find made by ExxonMobil in Guyana’s waters offshore of the Stabroek Block would have spurred the most recent claim by Venezuela, the Ambassador said no.
He stated that it would take years to establish whether there really was oil in the area and in what quantity.
Venezuela issued a decree on Guyana’s Independence Day claiming 2/3 of the country; breathing life into a century old dispute that was supposed to have been settled in 1899.
In response, President David Granger has petitioned the United Nations and other countries to show support for Guyana on this issue.