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March 3, 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said that two Venezuelan fighter jets overflew Eteringbang in Region Seven, the latest act of aggression aimed at Guyana.

A statement from the ministry said that yesterday at approximately 13:20 hrs., two Russian-made Venezuelan army Sukhoi SU 30 fighter jets, overflew the community of Eteringbang and the airstrip at a very low altitude of 1500 feet.

The fighter jets circled the location once before proceeding in an easterly direction, the statement said.

“The Government of Guyana condemns this latest act of aggression by the Venezuelan armed forces as a violation of the sovereignty of Guyana over the air above its territory.

“The Government wishes to remind that this latest hostility follows closely on the heels of: (i) a Decree recently issued by President Nicolas Maduro which purports to establish maritime territory for Venezuela which encompasses Guyana’s territorial waters, EEZ and continental shelf, as well as its land territory west of the Essequibo River; (ii) the illegal interception and detention of two Guyanese fishing vessels and their crew in Guyana’s waters; and (iii) the resolutions of the Special Commission for the Defence of the “Guayana Esequiba” and Territorial Sovereignty which recommended the convening a session of this Special Commission to the Essequibo with the assistance of the Venezuelan armed forces.

“The incursion of our territory of the two Venezuelan fighter jets is a clear indication that the government of Venezuela is prepared to use aggression and intimidation to accomplish what cannot be accomplished by legal means- the surrender by Guyana of its patrimony. The Government of Guyana exhorts the Government of Venezuela, and its agents, to behave in a manner consistent with international law and good neighbourly relations”, the statement said.

It added that the international community will be kept informed of all actions undertaken by Venezuela to “undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana and threaten the peace and security of the region”.

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High ranking Venezuelan official proposes including Essequibo in Constitution


– Powerful Commission discusses Venezuela’s next move with military leaders
– Venezuela to conduct military activity in Essequibo
– Reinforces rejection of ICJ’s jurisdiction in border case

By Kemol King

Venezuelan lawmaker and Chair of the ‘Special Commission for the Defence of the Guayana Esequiba Territory and Territorial Sovereignty,’ Mr. Hermann Escarrá. (Photo: El Carabobeño)

Kaieteur News – The National Assembly of Venezuela is expected to consider a proposal to include the Essequibo region, referred to as ‘Guayana Esequiba,’ in the country’s Constitution. The amendment, if made, would see the country declaring that there is no dispute over the region, which it purports to have sovereignty over.
The proposal was made by lawmaker, Hermann Escarrá, who was, earlier this year, placed as Chair of the new ‘Special Commission for the Defence of the Guayana Esequiba Territory and Territorial Sovereignty.’ The powerful Venezuelan Commission was formed in January by one of several resolutions passed by the country’s National Assembly, following a decree by President Nicolas Maduro to fulfill his vow to “reconquer” the Essequibo.
The proposal would see the country amending articles 10 and 11 of the Venezuelan Constitution, Escarrá said, “in order to ratify that the Essequibo territory is ours.”
The National Assembly said that two more legislative proposals are being considered, one of which is called the ‘Sovereignty Law’ requested by Maduro himself.
Escarrá’s proposal for a constitutional amendment is one of 100 proposals and recommendations he submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday, February 23, for the execution of his Commission’s mandate for the “defence of the Guayana Esequiba.”
A release from Venezuela’s National Assembly stated that Escarrá stressed the Commission’s discussions on the confidentiality of the some of the proposals, which relate to Venezuela’s foreign policy. Escarrá said that the Commission would be meeting on the following day, February 24, with the Military High Command, a group constituted by the Minister of Defence and the Commanders of various Venezuelan military departments. The purpose of the meeting, he said, is to discuss the actions to be taken regarding the Essequibo territory.
On the following day, the Assembly said that the meeting took up over four hours with discussions centered on “possible geostrategic actions” to be taken “in defence” of the Essequibo region, at the country’s Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas.
“Fundamental issues were discussed such as the updated geostrategic and geopolitical interpretation of containment,” Escarrá said, “as well as the proposals of each of the components of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), which the commission will support in a very determined way. Not only in what has to do with very current proposals in the Essequibo area, but also with what has to do with the effort of national unity and national conscience that must be developed in the country…”
“At the historic meeting, other issues were addressed, such as the presence of the US oil company ExxonMobil in the area, in addition to the possibility of talking with the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, to present your views directly.”
Venezuela’s National Assembly also reported Escarrá as announcing an “activity to be carried out in Essequibo with the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.” It did not reveal the nature of the intended activity.
The Venezuelan National Assembly said that in the few days following the February 24 meeting of the Military High Command, a document would be prepared and delivered to the Parliaments of Guyana, England and the Netherlands. Neither Guyana’s Parliament nor its Government has announced any such correspondence.
On February 26, Venezuela announced that it responded to an invitation from the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to attend a virtual meeting on the preliminary ruling of December 18 that the Court has the jurisdiction to settle the controversy over the territory. The Venezuelan Government said that it confirmed its participation as a courtesy, not as a party to the procedure, and re-affirmed Venezuela’s position that it does not recognize the Court’s jurisdiction to settle this matter. It prefers direct negotiations with Guyana.
“Venezuela reiterated that there is no basis of jurisdiction for this case given that it has never given its consent,” Venezuela’s Ministry of Information said.
The Ministry also reported denouncing the “instigation and undue interference” in the controversy, of energy transnationals “over such a vast territory full of biological diversity and natural resources, which threatens planetary life, peace and regional security.”

@Django posted:

Lead the cutlass brigade .

We have enough weapons to stop Venezuela.  The PPP has deals in place with the USA, GB, and India to defend their territorial integrity.

Territorial integrity is the principle under international law that prohibits states from the use of force against the "territorial integrity or political independence" of another state. It is enshrined in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and has been recognized as customary international law.

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Venezuela’s fighter jets invade Guyana’s airspace

….Guyana issues protest note to Venezuela

…Govt condemns move as “aggressive” and “intimidatory”

…Army “vigilant” – Chief of Staff

By Jarryl Bryan,

https://guyanatimesgy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Jet.jpgA still shot from the video of one of the Venezuelan Sukhoi SU-30 jets which flew over Guyana’s airspace

A little more than a month after Venezuela illegally detained 12 Guyanese fishermen in Guyana’s maritime space, the Government of Guyana has had to sharply condemn the unauthorised entry of two Venezuelan fighter jets into Guyana’s airspace.

At least one of the jets was filmed flying over Eteringbang in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on Tuesday. The video showing the jet — a Russian-made, twin-engine, two-seat Sukhoi SU-30 fighter aircraft flying over some trees — was reportedly captured by a miner and sparked much speculation when it made the rounds on social media.

Sukhoi SU-30 fighter aircraft were developed in the Soviet Union by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.

https://guyanatimesgy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/GDF-630x420.jpgGDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Godfrey Bess

Vigilan

When contacted by this publication, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief of Staff Brigadier General Godfrey Bess was tightlipped, saying only that the Force has stepped up its vigilance, and that Guyanese can be assured the borders are secure.

“This matter is being addressed through the diplomatic channels. What I can say (is that) we reported, and would have seen, unauthorised aircraft in our airspace, and we are monitoring the situation. Since yesterday we have not seen it again. Our borders are safe, and we are alert,” Bess said.

https://guyanatimesgy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Todd-562x420.jpg

Foreign Affairs MinisterHugh Todd

Condemned

Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministry subsequently issued a statement in which it condemned Venezuela’s actions and cited this as the latest in a series of intimidatory and lawless acts committed by the Spanish- speaking country against Guyana.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana wishes to inform that on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at approximately 13:20 hrs, two Venezuelan Army Sukhoi SU 30 fighter jets overflew the community of Eteringbang and the air strip at a very low altitude of 1500 feet.

“The fighter jets circled the location once, before proceeding in an easterly direction.

“The Government of Guyana condemns this latest act of aggression by the Venezuelan Armed Forces as a violation of the sovereignty of Guyana over the air above its territory,” the Ministry said.

In the statement, it reminded that this latest act of hostility follows on the heels of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s decree on January 7, reigniting Venezuela’s unlawful claim to Guyana’s maritime space, including its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and land territory west of the Essequibo river.

“The Government wishes to remind that this latest hostility (also) follows closely on the heels of…the illegal interception and detention of two Guyanese fishing vessels and their crew in Guyana’s waters, and the resolutions of the Special Commission for the Defence of the “Guayana Esequiba” and Territorial Sovereignty which recommended the convening a session of this Special Commission to the Essequibo with the assistance of the Venezuelan Armed Forces.”

The incursion of the two Venezuelan fighter jets into Guyana’s territory, the Ministry said, is a clear indication that “the Government of Venezuela is prepared to use aggression and intimidation to accomplish what cannot be accomplished by legal means – the surrender by Guyana of its patrimony. The Government of Guyana exhorts the Government of Venezuela, and its agents, to behave in a manner consistent with international law and good neighbourly relations,” the statement said.

Protest Note

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd on Wednesday summoned the Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana, Luis Edgardo Diaz Monclus, to hand over a protest note and register the Government of Guyana’s condemnation of the recent violation of Guyana’s sovereignty.

Minister Todd informed the ambassador that on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at approximately 13:20h, two Venezuelan Sukhoi SU30 fighter jets flew over the community of Eteringbang and the airstrip at a very low altitude. The fighter jets then circled the location once before proceeding in an easterly direction.

The Minister voiced the Government’s concerns on the act of aggression and stated that such an action was a clear violation of Guyana’s territorial space as well as International law and convention.

Further, the Foreign Minister noted that this act not only challenged the good neighbourly relations, but, by extension, peace and stability of the region.

He reiterated President Ali’s commitment to engaging with Venezuela in areas of mutual interest for the betterment and prosperity of the peoples of Guyana and Venezuela.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Ambassador Monclus registered his disappointment at hearing of this development, and mentioned that he is only aware of a reconnaissance mission within Venezuelan territory to monitor narco-trafficking and illegal activities.

He said Venezuela is committed to peaceful relations with Guyana, and committed to transmitting the information from the Foreign Minister to his Capital.

He promised to provide feedback in a timely manner.

Int’l community

According to the Ministry, the international community will be kept informed of all actions undertaken by Venezuela as it seeks to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana, as well as threaten the peace and security of the region.

On January 21, two Guyana-registered fishing vessels, Lady Nayera and Sea Wolf, and their crews were operating off the coast of Waini Point in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) when they were intercepted by the Venezuelan Naval vessel Commandante Hugo Chávez GC 24, which was illegally traversing Guyana’s waters.

The Venezuelans boarded the vessels, and the captains were instructed to chart a course to Port Guiria, where they were detained. The Lady Nayera crew comprised Captain Richard Ramnarine, Ramlakan Kamal, Nick Raghubar, Javin Boston, Michael Domingo and Joel Joseph.

The other ship, the Sea Wolf, was captained by Toney Garraway, while the crew members were Errol Gardener, Orland Roberts, Christopher Shaw, Shirvin Oneil and Randy Henry.

The men were subsequently brought before a Venezuelan court, and reports emerged that they could have been kept in custody for some 45 days pending an investigation. However, Venezuela came under immense diplomatic pressure to release the men, and on February 2, the fishermen were released on the orders of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro himself, with the legal proceedings against them discontinued. They arrived in Guyana on February 6.

Venezuela’s acts of aggression come even as Guyana inches closer to a final, binding judicial settlement of its border with Venezuela. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which met a little over a week ago, is expected to soon set various timelines by which Guyana and Venezuela would have to make their respective submissions in the border controversy case.

The quest for knowledge includes failure, and that just because one person may know less than others they should not be afraid to ask rather than pretend they already know. In many cases multiple people may not know, but are too afraid to ask the "stupid question"; the one who asks the question may in fact be doing a service to those around them.

@Ramakant-P posted:

The quest for knowledge includes failure, and that just because one person may know less than others they should not be afraid to ask rather than pretend they already know. In many cases multiple people may not know, but are too afraid to ask the "stupid question"; the one who asks the question may in fact be doing a service to those around them.

@Ramakant-Plagiarist, you have plagiarized the above from here:

@Ramakant-P posted:

I don't have any problem with that.  However, I am so interested in your positive response to the post.

What a twit!  You thief like the PPP and tell people that you don't have a problem with that.  Plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property.  Are you so dense not to understand that?   

@Totaram posted:

What a twit!  You thief like the PPP and tell people that you don't have a problem with that.  Plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property.  Are you so dense not to understand that?   

Shut your damn figging mouth before I kick your ass. Who is FKing talking to you?

@Ramakant-P posted:

Shut your damn figging mouth before I kick your ass. Who is FKing talking to you?

You want to kick my ass?  You dumb imbecile.  If you would like me to cut off you goadie and stuff in you mouth come forward.  Note: this imbecile Kakakant is here threatening violence. 

@Totaram posted:

You want to kick my ass?  You dumb imbecile.  If you would like me to cut off you goadie and stuff in you mouth come forward.  Note: this imbecile Kakakant is here threatening violence.

Uh, Tota, do you.mean to.tell me the kunt has a goadie, too? Hahahahaha...!

THAT must be.his worrying problem! Hahahahaha.......

@Django posted:

Found this common with some folks ,what are they trying to prove  ?

That they are intelligent, if even they have to plagiarize! Maybe others won't notice the stealing! It's a PPP characteristic!

When is this government going to set.up refugee camps for Manuro's 'refugees' coming over our porous border so as to prevent them from settling on.'their' land and claiming.it? Get US or UN help on this before it's too.fing.de facto late!

Manuro's Chinese advisors once tried the same on the Russians which nearly started a war!

China is China's friend! Not.yours!

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