The Alliance For Change (AFC) says it is very “troubling” that Venezuelan soldiers were allowed to enter Guyana with their weapons. At a press conference on Wednesday September 11, the Party’s leader Khemraj Ramjattan said, “We consider it very troubling that it occurred in the way that it did.”
Ramjattan did not want to offer any other comment until he received a full brief from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs. Reports indicate that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldiers had objected to the Venezuelan soldiers landing on Guyanese soil with their weapons although they were advised not to do so. The group of soldiers arrived on August 31, which is the same day that Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro visited Guyana.
Venezuela newspaper, El Universal had reported that 45 Venezuelans went on a mission crossing the Cuyaní River and into the Guyana-Venezuela disputed area accompanied by officers of the Venezuelan Army.