Venezuela criticises joint U.S.-Guyana naval exercises

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Venezuela on Monday criticized joint naval exercises by the United States and Guyana, with which it has a territorial dispute.

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez told a news conference that the manoeuvres were an attempt by the outgoing Trump administration to “create provocations, threats.”

The Pentagon did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The World Court in December ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over the course of their land border, which may ultimately determine which has rights to certain offshore oil and gas fields.

Venezuela does not recognize the court’s authority, and insists on a bilateral negotiated solution.

Offshore oil discoveries in recent years have given Guyana, which has no history of oil production, the potential to become one of the largest producers in Latin America.

The U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil Corp is in a consortium with Hess Corp and CNOOC Ltd of China that produces crude in Guyana’s offshore Stabroek block, part of which is located in waters claimed by Venezuela.

(Reporting by Vivian Sequera and Deisy Buitrago, additional reporting by Idrees Ali in Washington, writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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  1. Oh well it was in the making. And Guyana must not let the USA use them and drag them into a regional conflict that is really not about them but about the USA and Venezuela. we have had peace in this region now for many years. The last conflict was in Greneda may I sy at the request of Caricom. The USA has an agenda to control the oil from Venezuela or else.
    They now control the oil from Guyana and Surinam.
    Its like these countries will only get the crumbs from the table. With all the wealth that they have. The same way Africa countries are rich in various minarals and raw materials, in the end they remain poor while the rich west countries exploit them. Imperialism at work. And then we are put up against one another as if we are enimies. Caalling one communist and socialist as if that is the worst thing in the world. And don’t get me wrong I’m not a defender of these two political systems, but imperialism is far more destructive to us than them. Cuba and China have been our friends for many years and we have benefitted tremendously from both of them. While an IMF assistance has always turnout to have major social unrest and economical termoil.
    Guyanese should warn their leaders not be get into a regional conflict created by the USA with their neighbour for it better to have a good neighbour than a far away friend.

    • African countries remain poor because of African leaders. Imperialism can’t be blamed for everything and so much. African leaders have no loyalty to their respective country and are willing to sell out and sell out cheaply at that.

      African people lust after what other countries have and devalue their own goods. Imagine they will proudly pay US$2,000 for Gucci bag but say that a local bag for US$200 is too expensive with scorn. With that type of thinking they deserve to be poor. African women suppress their own hair and buy hair from other people and then talk about being Black and proud. SMH.

      Somebody is always doing something to African people to make them end up as slaves everywhere they go.

  2. I wonder what was promised to the leaders of Guyana, for this to happen. They are creating havoc in their country because they believe they lost an election, but put sanctions on Guyana. If Guyanese know what’s good for them, they better live right with their neighbour. Divide and conquer is the norm. And I hope to god they didn’t give him and pompedeno no land for golf courses there.

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