– will welcome returning Guyanese
President David Granger said the economic crisis in Venezuela will no doubt affect the security of the region, and he is expressing hope for an orderly resolution to the situation.
The economy of neighbouring Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves, has been in crisis since the decline in oil prices on the world market. International media report that three years of recession, crime, shortages, looting, electricity and water rationing, and inflation projected to rise to as much as 700 percent, have angered Venezuelans.
“I am deeply concerned, Guyana has special interest because of the territorial question, but I think the whole region is concerned about what is taking place in Venezuela, and we hope that there is not going to be a resort to lawlessness,” President Granger said.
More particularly, the President expressed concerns about the involvement of the Venezuelan National Armed Forces in the crisis in the country.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has deployed military personnel on the streets as part of an operation to address the growing crime situation and protests.
“I hope that a legal approach is taken, an orderly approach is taken for the security of the whole sub-region because it will have an impact on the Caribbean as well,” President Granger said.
Meanwhile, the deteriorating situation in Venezuela has created a growing refugee problem that threatens to spill over to Guyana.
When asked by media operatives today, if he will accept refugees from that country, President Granger said, “We do not have any agreement with Venezuela about other refugees, and that is not something we have considered.”
However, the President said that Guyana is obligated to accept any Guyanese returning from Venezuela. (GINA)