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Venezuela Sends Military to Guyana Border Over Oil Dispute

Venezuela is sending troops to its border with Guyana in an escalation of tensions over Guyana’s recent oil boom, according to reports citing satellite images and videos posted by Venezuela’s military.

Venezuela is attempting to annex an area known as Essequibo, in which Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in December said he would “grant operating licenses for the exploration and exploitation of oil, gas, and mines.”

The Essequibo region encompasses about two-thirds of Guyana’s territory and is where most of its oil resources lie, and the site of massive discoveries and new production by Exxon and partners. 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) previously ruled that Essequibo is part of Guyana, although this is still not recognized by Venezuela. A written agreement was penned in December between the two that denounced the use of force, instead calling for a commission to address the disputes. 

“We are not surprised by the bad faith of Venezuela,” Guyana’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal regarding the military action. “We are disappointed, not surprised.”

Venezuela has said that it is boosting its defenses in response to U.S. military exercises in Guyana toward the end of the year and the presence of a UK anti-narcotics vessel that is in Guyanese waters. It has criticized ExxonMobil for depending on the U.S. military for its security and for its exploitation of Guyana’s oil resources. 

Maduro had vowed a “forceful response” in the area “that rightfully belongs to Venezuela. The Essequibo is ours!”

The deployment of troops to Essequibo comes as Maduro is facing planned presidential elections this year, with the Essequibo issue a popular one among Venezuelan voters.

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 09 2024 said:
    Venezuela is playing with fire massing troops on the border with Guyana over s territorial dispute between the two countries. This is a sure way of inviting United States' involvement where ExxonMobil has huge oil interests.

    Moreover, it also gives the United States a pretext to invade Venezuela and effect a regime change and appoint a puppet government there which will enable it to get control of Venezuelan oil wealth, the largest in the world.

    It is no secret that the United States has been for years casting an envious eye on Venezuela's proven oil reserves of 306 billion barrels. When former US President Trump imposed sanctions on Venezuela on 2017, his National Security Advisor John Bolton declared openly that a regime change in Venezuela will be good for American oil companies and the American economy.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 09 2024 said:
    Venezuela is playing with fire massing troops on the border with Guyana over s territorial dispute between the two countries. This is a sure way of inviting United States' involvement where ExxonMobil has huge oil interests.

    Moreover, it also gives the United States a pretext to invade Venezuela and effect a regime change and appoint a puppet government there which will enable it to get control of Venezuelan oil wealth, the largest in the world.

    It is no secret that the United States has been for years casting an envious eye on Venezuela's proven oil reserves of 306 billion barrels. When former US President Trump imposed sanctions on Venezuela on 2017, his National Security Advisor John Bolton declared openly that a regime change in Venezuela will be good for American oil companies and the American economy.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • George Doolittle on February 09 2024 said:
    You would think given the ongoing Russian disaster in Ukraine this might give pause never seems to quite the opposite actually. Anyhow dust off the "Good Neighbor Policy" see how the OAS takes up the matter as it's not like the United Nations can get anything done at the moment.

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