Maduro threatens military action in Guyana/Venezuela controversy

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President David Granger and President Nicholas Maduro
President David Granger and President Nicholas Maduro
President David Granger and President Nicholas Maduro

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is set to address the current conflict with Guyana in the Venezuelan National Assembly on Friday, June 26 while threatening military action against any perceived infractions to Venezuela’s territory, Venezuela media is reporting.

On Tuesday, President Maduro reported on its assistance to the plenary session “to present the official position and ask the national union, to ask for support from across the country face the challenge of ExxonMobil.”

He is quoted as saying “I will denounce international manoeuvres…to provoke Venezuela, (it) will not be and I’ll summon the civil union, (the) military to defend our country, our land, our historical positions.”

Another media report states that Maduro took to National television, showing some maps he described as “original from the 19th century” which displays the Venezuelan territory, including the Essequibo.

The Venezuelan President rejected alleged ambitions from international companies to take over Venezuela’s territories.

According to the report, Maduro is claiming “that the British Empire and all the other empires, and now oil company ExxonMobil had always wanted to control the estuary of Orinoco River, in complicity with past oligarchies that failed to defend the motherland through peaceful and respectful diplomacy.”

ExxonMobil’s oil rig, the Deepwater Champion.
ExxonMobil’s oil rig, the Deepwater Champion.

ExxonMobil is currently drilling for oil in the Stabroek Block, offshore the Essequibo with the permission of Guyana’s government. The company recently reported on a “significant” discovery of oil in the area.

“One can be a leader, a man with a vision of co-existence, integration, peace. However, a leader has to have the strength to demand respect for his own motherland,” the President is quoted as saying.

Guyana’s government has already rejected to most recent attempts by Venezuela to claim the Territory and has raised the issue with several international bodies including the Organisation of America States (OAS) and Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have been notified of Venezuela’s claim.

Guyana’s President David Granger has assured Exxon Mobil that it has nothing to fear in terms of its current operations in Guyana’s waters as the company has the backing of the Guyana Government, and international law as it continues exploration in Guyana’s exclusive economic zone.

In the interim, the Head of State said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been notified, and he is confident that the Secretary General Dr. Irwin LaRocque has provided some information to the Heads of Government.

However, the President noted that CARICOM Heads would be formally briefed on the situation at the upcoming 36th Heads of Government meeting, which is slated for July 1 to 5 in Barbados.

26 COMMENTS

  1. wel wel wel mr Granger……talking about déjà vu…….remember “Tigri” 1968 ? You call it “new river triangle” but we say “Tigri… Don’t bother me please….You will not find me on your side unless officially the republic of Guyana acknowledges that Tigri is undisputed Suriname territory !!

  2. SOME OF THESE COMMENTS COME FROM SICK MINDS . THESE PEOPLE BLAME THE PPP/C FOR EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN ,INCLUDING VENEZUELA’ BASELESS AND SHAMELESS CLAIM TO A HUGE PORTION OF OUR COUNTRY . HOW RIDICULOUS ! SOME OF YOU, INSTEAD OF SPOUTING NONSENSE AND MAKING YOURSELVES LOOK LIKE FOOLS, SHOULD READ YOUR HISTORY .AND INFORM YOURSELVES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF VENEZUELA’S UNJUST CLAIM . YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO KNOW WHO CONSPIRED WITH WHOM TO RAISE THIS UNJUST CLAIM. FURTHER I SAY NOT.

  3. Do not separate Guyana now. The people must stand together against any and all invaders of its land and waters.

  4. Guyana should foster allies & regime to invade Venezuela and take back the lost 7,000 square miles Venezuela is squatting on. Venezuela need a rude awakening….

  5. When it comes to Guyana`s sovereignty….I don`t care which party or people is ruling….Guyana`s sovereignty comes first & foremost….I hope all Guyanese respect that.

  6. All Guyanese….in the 1800`s when the Prince of the Netherlands ceded Guiana to the British , it was some 90,000 square miles….it`s time now to come together and make Venezuela pay for the lost 7,000 square miles.

  7. Venezuela is a bully….bullyism is a disease that needs to be eradicated from this world….the world need to take a stand against bullyism and Venezuela is no exception.

  8. The magnitude of this problem is much greater and more complex than most imagined. Guyana is not the only country benefiting from petro-caribe. The Caribbean depends on this however Guyana is the only country that can afford to pay cash for Venezuela’s oil, the other countries can’t. Guyana though only pays 50% and banks the other 50 and uses the interest for other investments. So the government should be having a lot of questions on their mind. Would Caricom support them in being any disagreement with Venezuela? If Venezuela scraps petro-caribe and GRDB cannot locate another lucrative deal such as petro-caribe for farmers what would become of the rice industry? The US is willing to support Guyana with the border controversy but how would they support the Caribbean countries with fuel? And taking into consideration Rosneft from Russia has recently injected 14 billion in to Venezuela’s economy would Russia sit and watch Venezuela takes on US-Guyana military if any form of engagement should manifest?

  9. WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU ,HENRY HENRY ? ARE WE DOING VENEZUELA A FAVOUR BY SELLING RICE TO THEM? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THE PRICE VENEZUELA IS PAYING FOR OUR RICE IS DOUBLE THE WORLD MARKET PRICE? ARE YOU AWARE THAT A NUMBER OF SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES ARE NOW TRYING TO DISPLACE US FROM THIS MOST LUCRATIVE MARKET? THIS PROBLEM REQUIRES DIPLOMACY AND TACT AND NOT IGNORANCE, HENRY HENRY .

  10. Mr Venezuela please don’t forget where 60 percent of the population live(usa),know you know ,so bring it on you coward,when guyaneguguyanese suffering from hunger in early 80 ,y did you fight for essequibo then ,is oil you want ,it will make you slide out of your chair,so pz bring it on ,it will help my people in many ways

  11. Venezuela wouldn’t pick a fight with Colombia. Colombia is much bigger both in size and population and has a military that’s much larger than Venezuela’s and is well equipped by the US

  12. this fool is a novice who will try anything to redirect attention from the hunger of his people….get ready to defend guyana, contact our friends- the mighty USA and defeat his ass……

  13. I wonder if ppp had win if we would hear about some thing don’t add up I bet a deal was made with the ppp

  14. I hope Jagdeo and Rohee happy now with what they have encouraged Maduro continue Maduro and you will carry with you the PPP

  15. Sam you are such an as#$$%%^&&e. It is time you gain some intellectual and morale fortitude.

  16. Guyana should also enlist Cuba to help with a diplomatic and negotiated resolution of this dispute.Cuba is close to both Guyana and Venezuela hence the best choice for some shuttle diplomacy.War or military action must at all cost be avoided. WAR usually brings misery to all concerned.

  17. Let us stop doing business with Venezuela stop shipping rice to them let our Government find other market for rice . Shell Gas had been supply guyana foe ages let them negotiate for a larger supply with shell .

  18. The Guyanese response is weak, so weak that is embarrassing. Telling Caricom countries will do what? They will send their fighter jets? If the Venezuelans use their military might that is the end of that.

  19. The Stabroek block is nowhere near the “Estuary of the Orinoco River” Senor. So please stop your sword rattling. You proceed north of the Guy-Ven border on a straight line of true north not a straight line of 070 degrees as you claim.

    What you should do Mr. President is find a way to put food on the shelves of stores for the people of your country and not just in the Guardia National stores.

  20. mad-uro is living up to his name and wants to be a mad man threatening his neighbors, including colombia because, he feels he has a superior military and can do whatever he wants.

    cannot help noticing his stark resemblance to saddam in the image published here. maybe he wants to go down the same road and suffer the same consequences after miscalculating the reaction and the resolve of the international community when it comes to one country annexing parts or entire neighboring territories.

  21. let him go ahead withe the support of the PPP? we are not afraid. Send in you war machine and you shall regret it Maduro.I t shall be your final mistake. ASSh0le

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