Guyana to lodge formal complaint with UN over attack by Venezuelan soldiers

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The Government of Guyana has stated that it has a received a preliminary report from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on the issue relating to the Venezuelan Army opening fire on three GGMC officers recently, and will bring the matter to the attention of the Secretary General of the United Nations in his capacity as Good Officer under the Geneva Agreement.

UN Chief Ban Ki Moon
UN Chief, Ban Ki Moon

According to reports, on May 30th 2016, at approximately 17:20 hours, a team of three GGMC officials travelling on the Cuyuni River, came under gun fire from the Venezuelan army. The Officials were returning from a monitoring and inspection exercise at Arau, when the chartered boat came under attack approximately one mile above the Eteringbang Police Station.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Note Verbale has been dispatched to the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveying the Guyana Government’s concern over this incident. The authorities here are also calling on the Venezuelan Government to desist from such “provocative and dangerous actions” on Guyana’s border saying such actions can only lead to the destabilisation of relations.

“This   matter will be brought to the attention of the Secretary General of the United Nations in his capacity as Good Officer under the Geneva Agreement and members of the UN and its Security Council will also be notified”, the statement added.

 

 

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