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BREAKING: Venezuela building up troops near Guyana border

Guyana's President David Granger and the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. Photo: DEMWAVES

President David Granger on Tuesday said Venezuela was building up troops near the border with Guyana.

"We have recently received reports that Venezuela has been making extraordinary military deployments in eastern Venezuela, that is western Guyana,  which seem to be impacting on Guyana’s territorial defence," he told reporters.

He said he and top security chiefs were meeting Tuesday to craft a response.

Asked how convicned he was that the build-up of marine vessels and various forms of ground forces near the border between the two South American countries had anything to do with the controversy over the Essequibo Region, the retired Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said "I have been in my earlier profession familiar with Venezuelan behaviour and what we have noticed during the month of September is an extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activity in eastern Venezuela," he said.

The President stressed that the military build-up was "abnormal" and that the Police Commisisoner, Seelall Persaud; Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Mark Phillips; Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo were Tuesday meeting at Cabinet to address Venezuela's persistent "aggressive" and "hostile" behaviour towards Guyana.

"We feel that Venezuela is treading a dangerous course at this point in time rather than seeking a peaceful resolution of the matter, Venezuela seems to be pursuing a very offensive and aggressive course," he added.

Venezuela's security forces have been also battling vioolent food riots across that country.

Granger reiterated that he would be raising Venezuela's claim to the mineral and forest-rich Essequibo Region in his address to the United Nations General Assembly next week and in bilateral talks with other world leaders.

5 Responses to “BREAKING: Venezuela building up troops near Guyana border”

  • ta ta (24/09/2015, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    World war 3
  • Diplomat (24/09/2015, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The US sent an envoy to Guyana to tell them they had to cooperate with the US over reporting money and taxes
    of Americans living in Guyana. The usual domination over nothing. Maybe the US can do something useful and
    send its military to Venezuela and straighten THEM out over their dangerous behavior. Like test out those buttons....
  • Oil war (24/09/2015, 18:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Venezuela, is the US tricking you into invading Guyana? Like they tricked Iraq into invading Kuwait?
  • National (25/09/2015, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    If its evil, you can bet the US Gov or CIA has a hand in it. Always picking on the innocent and rewarding evil.
  • Nutz (30/09/2015, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you all need tin foil hats everything isn't america's fault, venezuela is run by chavez's successor which means they are being run poorly

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