The Government of Venezuela accused the United States of trying to create “provocations, threats and aggressions” with the joint military exercises that it has been carrying out since Saturday with Guyana, in an area near an area in dispute between the two Caribbean countries.
In a statement to the media, the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, described these exercises as “an agonizing action in the last hours of the Donald Trump government, which aims to create provocations, threats and attacks against the Venezuelan people.”
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Likewise, he assured that these exercises are directed against Venezuelan sovereignty and “territorial integrity.” As he stated, “there is a presence of a United States coast guard vessel”, so they are “very attentive to the development of military exercises that are not carried out in jurisdictional waters of Venezuela.”
The head of the US Navy Southern Command, Admiral Craig Faller, planned to visit Guyana yesterday, where he would remain until today, in the scope of joint surveillance maneuvers that are designed, among other matters, to intercept drug trafficking near the border. with Venezuela.
This visit follows that of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in September 2020, when the two countries signed a maritime cooperation agreement.
A statement released by the US Embassy in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, indicated that the admiral will meet with government and defense leaders and discuss the bilateral security partnership between the US and Guyana.
For its part, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) expressed its deep concern over the decree and subsequent statements by the Government of Venezuela regarding the border dispute with Guyana.
In a statement issued yesterday at the beginning of the XIII Extraordinary Emergency Meeting of the Heads of Government of Caricom, which is held virtually, the disappointment at the position taken by Caracas in this dispute was underlined.
Guyana, last Sunday, had already rejected the decree signed by the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, by means of which a new maritime territory of Venezuela called “Territory for the development of the Atlantic Facade” is established, which aims to reinforce the sovereignty of the country in that area.