[www.inewsguyana.com] – Venezuela has imposed a trade embargo on Guyana, refusing to buy rice and refusing to sell fuel to Guyana, says Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.
Nagamootoo made the revelation at the Open Government Partnership 2015 Global Summit in Mexico where he updated world leaders on Guyana’s territorial controversy with neighbouring Venezuela.
“Venezuela has sought to reassert a false claim to five eights of Guyana which includes all of our vast forest and mineral resources as well as our exclusive maritime zone. Venezuela has imposed a trade embargo against Guyana, refusing to buy our rice or to sell us fuel,” said the Prime Minister.
He stated too that Venezuela has also sought to block oil exploration off Guyana’s coast and gold extraction in our own territory, all in clear violation of international law and treaty obligations.
“Guyana claims territory from no one. Guyana does not imprison political opponents or practice blackmail or bullying diplomacy. We seek to be part of a community of nations that respect the rule of law and to align with transformative movements like OGP,” he said drawing a comparison between the two states.
While Guyana has reported a significant discovery of oil, that area is now the subject of the intense controversy with Venezuela.