miércoles, 30 de agosto de 2017
We were hungry, so we came over to Guyana for food, – says Venezuelan soldiers
A blurry mobile phone photo showing some of the Venezeulan soldiers that police had encountered in Guyana on 11 August, 2017. (Guyana Guardian photo)
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WRITTEN BY: DENNIS ADONIS PUBLISHED : 3 WEEKS AGO
Overwhelmed with a growing economic disaster back in Caracas, and now becoming victims themselves of the country’s prevailing food crisis, a handful of Venezuelan soldiers who were caught in Guyana yesterday (11 August 2017), told a party of Guyanese policemen that they were hungry and had only come into Guyana to look for food.
Armed with high powered rifles and full military gear, the bewildered soldiers made this disclosure after being confronted by a police team that was headed by Inspector Christopher Humphrey, at the Curisima/ Amakuru river mouth in Region one.
Only one of the soldiers was unarmed.
The police had gone to the location after receiving several complaints from persons in the community who reported that Venezuelan soldiers were entering Guyana daily and stealing food directly from their person or from wherever else it is being stored.
However, after being confronted by Guyanese police, several Venezuelan soldiers who were found on the Guyana side of the border denied the allegations.
With an obviously exhaustive look on their faces, the soldiers explained that they only come over to Guyana to beg for food because they are usually hungry. They added that asking for food on the Guyana side of the border was something that they did daily, and have never harmed anyone in the process.
Throughout the encounter, the Venezuelan soldiers remained cooperative, and complied with all instructions that were directed at them by the Guyana police.
Considering their circumstances, they were subsequently given some food and ordered to leave Guyana, which they immediately did without any resistance.
Venezuela has been rocked by a severe food and medicine shortage which has forced many of the country’s citizens to flee to various border countries, including Guyana, to escape starvation.
But while ordinary citizens were the ones that were initially being affected, several sections of the army, especially those in border areas are now feeling the squeeze, and would often leave their postings to go in search of food in neighboring countries.
However, with so many Venezuelan soldiers now crossing into Guyana for that very reason, some are of the view that the army might have to deploy troops in larger numbers along the border to deal with the ‘humanitarian’ incursions.
Additionally, a retired army Major told the Guyana Guardian that under the current circumstances, it might be appropriate for Guyana to consider sending food packages to the border for distribution to those in need, even if they are from the Venezuelan army.
But opponents have argued that if food is sent to the border, a large number of Venezuelans would want to rush there, and thus create another headache for the government.
The Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force already have a joint patrol arrangement on the border.
2005 La Guayana Esequiba – Zona en Reclamación. Instituto Geográfico Simón Bolívar
La Guayana Esequiba Zona en Reclamación
Terminología sobre cómo referenciar la Zona en Reclamación-Guayana Esequiba.
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 reservó 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