[EL UNIVERSAL] – The Venezuelan Navy intercepted on Tuesday a fishing vessel from Trinidad and Tobago, five days after a vessel hired by Guyana was detained after it reportedly entered territorial waters in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Venezuela.
“Sovereignty shall be respected. A Trinidadian vessel was intercepted carrying out fishing operations in the EEZ without authorization,” General Vladimir Padrino López, the chief of the Strategic Operational Command of the National Armed Forces (Ceofan) posted on Twitter.
He did not provide further details on the crew onboard the intercepted vessel. He just informed that the ship was escorted to a dock located in the city of Carúpano, Sucre state, northeast Venezuela, Efe highlighted.
This incident arises just five days after a Panamanian vessel hired by Guyana was conducting oil exploration activities at the Venezuelan seafront. The ship was also intercepted by the Venezuelan Navy.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua and his Guyanese counterpart Carolyn Rodrigues will discuss this incident in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, the Venezuelan Foreign Office announced.