November 14, 2013 By admin
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Guyanese troops on high alert for Venezuelan opposition
Dr Luncheon said.
November 14, 2013 By admin
Opposition legislators from Venezuela at the Eteringbang area with the sign that says “The Essequibo Is Ours” on Guyanese soil
Guyanese troops at the border with Venezuela are on high alert after recent noises in the opposition camp in Caracas concerning Eteringbang on the Cuyuni River. Opposition legislators also recently visited the border community and raised a banner saying that Essequibo belongs to Venezuela.
Speaking during his post-Cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon said such interest has been noted and the Joint Services ranks stationed there have been put on alert. Dr Luncheon added that the interest “is in the context of their attitude towards Guyana’s Essequibo, one that is felt to be massaged in the eve of the imminent electoral process in Venezuela”.
The Cabinet secretary added that the historic opposition parties in Venezuela have fed on this nationalistic overture which they feel would enhance their appeal. He explained that members of Venezuela’s legislature have undertaken to visit and have been visiting Eteringbang accompanied by the Venezuelan paramilitary.
He, however, added, “Our Joint Services detachment in the location have been made aware of these planned visits and have been ordered to remain vigilant in the context of such visits.”
Legislators who have been identified from opposition parties in Venezuela have had at least one visit that has been documented and which occurred “with all the rules and regulations in accordance with such visits”, Dr Luncheon said.
According to the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, a group of Venezuelan opposition deputies travelled to the Essequibo, in defence of Venezuela’s sovereignty earlier this week.
The deputies departed from Tumeremo on Sunday and headed to San Martín de Turumbán, east Venezuela, in an attempt to make it to Eteringbang, in the Essequibo, after crossing the Cuyuní River.
The group of legislators who took part in the initiative were: Américo de Grazia (LCR); María Corina Machado (independent); Leomagno Flores (AD); Andrés Velásquez (LCR); Juan Pablo García (AD); José Gregorio Contreras (Copei); Luis Barragán (Copei); Eduardo Gómez Sigala (Independent); Ángel Medina (AD); Freddy Marcano (AD); Juan Guaidó (VP); and opposition leader Leopoldo López (VP).
Investigation under way
In September, the government of Guyana investigated the circumstances of the ‘visit’ by a group of Venezuelan civilians and military personnel to Eteringbang. This landing occurred on the same day that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was on a state visit to Guyana – August 31 – to hold talks with President Donald Ramotar. Dr Luncheon later told the media 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 45-member group had included six uniformed Venezuelan soldiers, three ex-Venezuelan generals, and other persons in civilian dress. The El Universal had reported that the Venezuelans went on a mission crossing “the Cuyaní” River and into the Guyana-Venezuela area accompanied by officers of the Venezuelan Army. “We came here to carry out a civil exercise of sovereignty, but we do not understand what was Nicolás Maduro doing there (in Guyana),” said law student Ricardo de Toma, a member of an organisation called “My Map of Venezuela also Includes Our Essequibo”, who took part in the expedition, along with administrator Jorge Luis Fuguett, and internationalist Rajihv Morillo.
De Toma recalled that in spite of the mining projects Guyana has been developing in the Essequibo, plus the granting of oil concessions ‘in front of the Venezuelan Atlantic front’, President Maduro “paid a visit (to Guyana) only to spread an ideological model”.
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Nota del editor del blog: Al referenciarse a la República Cooperativa de Guyana se deben de tener en cuenta los 159.500Km2, de territorios ubicados al oeste del río Esequibo conocidos con el nombre de Guayana Esequiba o Zona en Reclamación sujetos al Acuerdo de Ginebra del 17 de febrero de 1966.
Territorios estos sobre los cuales el Gobierno Venezolano en representación de la Nación venezolana se reservo sus derechos sobre los territorios de la Guayana Esequiba en su nota del 26 de mayo de 1966 al reconocerse al nuevo Estado de Guyana:
“...por lo tanto, Venezuela reconoce como territorio del nuevo Estado, el que se sitúa al este de la margen derecha del río Esequibo y reitera ante la comunidad internacional, que se reserva expresamente sus derechos de soberanía territorial sobre la zona que se encuentra en la margen izquierda del precitado río; en consecuencia, el territorio de la Guayana Esequiba sobre el cual Venezuela se reserva expresamente sus derechos soberanos, limita al Este con el nuevo Estado de Guyana, a través de la línea del río Esequibo, tomando éste desde su nacimiento hasta su desembocadura en el Océano Atlántico...”
Mapa que señala el Espacio de Soberanía Marítima Venezolana que se reserva, como Mar Territorial mediante el Decreto Presidencial No 1152 del 09 de Julio de 1968