Venezuela’s claim threatens “regional peace, security”; Guyana says it’s illegal

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Venezuela’s most recent claim to Guyana’s oil rich territory is being seen as a threat to the gains made by the countries in the South American continent as it could spawn to other countries, according to an official press statement from Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro on May 27 signed a decree that now claims an entire portion of Guyana’s territory into the Atlantic Ocean and includes the Stabroek Block where a significant portion of oil was recently discovered by US oil giant, ExxonMobil.

Guyana’s Government via the Foreign Affairs Ministry has since responded, labelling the most recent claim by Venezuela as a “flagrant violation of International laws,” deeming the decree illegal.

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro

The Guyana government is adamant that the decree is an attempt to stymie progress and is directly linked to the recent discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block.

The statement says that any attempt by Venezuela to impose the decree will be “vigorously resisted” adding that the government will spare no effort to bring the issue to the international limelight.

“The Cooperative Republic of Guyana is concerned that the said decree disregards International Law, constitutes a threat to regional peace and security and breaches the Geneva Agreement of 1966. It is therefore imperative that Venezuela adheres to the principles of International Law in seeking to delineate its maritime boundaries with neighbouring countries pending actual delimitations,” the statement from the government read.

The statement further noted that international law must reign supreme and “not the ambitions of a larger State which wishes to trample upon the rights of a smaller country in order to obstruct the sovereign of Guyana to develop its natural resources.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. The blood of JESUS against them LORD even right now I assign Michael and the whole host of angels to stand guard of this land called Guyana!!!!! I release confusion in their camp right now…… I decree and declare this country called Guyana will be the land where the people of GOD will remain on their knees for this nation Amen!

  2. Guyana needs to move fast, not just talk – action!!!
    That communist dictator of Venezuela has taken a page out of Putin of Russia in taken over parts of its country neighbor while Obama did nothing. The Venezula communist dictator did the same in declaring a decree. Hopefully Guyana will not retreat. Exploration will continue.

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