Monday, July 20th 2015 - 07:47 UTC

Guyana to 'stoutly resist' Venezuela plans to issue IDs to disputed Essequibo residents

“We will stoutly resist any effort to have our people issued with cards and things like that” said Guyana Minister of State Joseph Harmon

Guyana on Sunday warned it would “stoutly resist” plans by Venezuela to register residents in Essequibo and issue them identification cards for the neighbouring Spanish-speaking nation. Venezuela claims the region and has launched an aggressive campaign at domestic and international level calling president David Granger a 'provocateur”.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015 - 05:35 UTC

Guyana declines UN good offices since they have only 'helped Venezuela'

Greenidge’s remarks came less than a week after Venezuela officially asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a new Good Officer.

Guyana is no longer interested in the UN Good Offices Process as a means to settle its century-old border dispute with Venezuela, Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge said on Monday in a news briefing live-streamed online.

Monday, July 13th 2015 - 09:21 UTC

Venezuela will stop buying Guyana rice amid escalating border dispute

Finance minister Jordan said Venezuelan officials informed him that they will be acquiring rice from other suppliers, including Suriname, by the end of the year.

Venezuela has decided to stop buying much of Guyana's rice crop amid an escalating border dispute between the two neighboring countries, the Guyanese finance minister said. The administration of president Nicolas Maduro has in the past four years purchased about 40% of Guyana's rice production, about 200,000 tons, paying for it with oil that amounts to about half of Guyana's daily supply needs.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Caricom supports Guyana in border dispute with Venezuela, but there's also Petro Caribe

“Caricom stands firmly behind Guyana,” said Stuart. “We don't think there can be any compromise so far as Guyana's territorial borders is concerned.”

The chairman of a 15-member Caribbean trade bloc said over the weekend that he backs Guyana's government amid an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela. Freundel Stuart spoke at a press conference as Caricom leaders ended a three-day summit in Barbados.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 07:40 UTC

Maduro recalls ambassador in Guyana: “Venezuela in under new forms of assault and aggression”

“Venezuela is coming under new forms of assault and aggression,” said Maduro. “This is a grave, dangerous situation that we must combat with national unity.”

President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that he was recalling Venezuela's ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. During an address to parliament, Maduro said that he also is initiating a comprehensive review of relations with much smaller Guyana and reducing the size of Venezuela's embassy there.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015 - 05:42 UTC

Commonwealth's 53-member states support Guyana's sovereignty and territorial integrity

“Commonwealth stands as one and speaks with one voice in our commitment to Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” said Kamalesh Sharma

The 53 member states of the Commonwealth have pledged to support Guyana in the ongoing maritime border dispute with Venezuela. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, sought to assure the government of the groupings commitment on his arrival to Jamaica.

Thursday, June 25th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Guyana gives assurances to Exxon to keep exploring for oil, despite Venezuela's threats

Granger said Exxon has nothing to fear since it is operating in Guyana’s exclusive economic zone and it has the weight of international law behind it

Venezuela’s recent claim on Guyana’s maritime territory is a “legal absurdity” and US oil firm ExxonMobil will continue to work as scheduled, President David Granger has said. Labeling Caracas’ claim as the worst intrusion the country has ever had on its sovereignty, the President said his government has made its position on the claim by Venezuela clear to the oil company.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 05:44 UTC

Venezuela's legislative election announced for 6 December, a Chavista remembrance date

“The National Electoral Council does not act under pressure” said Tibisay Lucena during a televised speech, chiding hard-line opposition critics

Venezuela's parliamentary election will be held on December 6, authorities announced on Monday, ending lengthy speculation over the date for a vote that surveys showed was likely to punish the ruling socialists.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 08:38 UTC

Venezuelan lawmakers blast Brazilian senators' trip as 'abusive and meddling'

These political groups are intent “not only to come and threaten but also to torpedo good relations between Venezuela and Brazil” said  Tania Diaz

Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party legislators reacted to a trip by Brazilian senators to visit jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro by describing it as “abusive” and “meddling”. The Brazilian delegation's visit on Thursday was cut short after their minibus was stoned by Maduro supporters and roads were blocked, forcing them to return to the airport and fly back the same day.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 23:36 UTC

Venezuelan pickets stone and threaten visiting Brazilian senators

Former presidential candidate Aecio Neves described the situation as an aggression saying the vehicle came “under siege” from “protesters”.

Brazilian senators seeking on Thursday to visit jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela said their minibus was stoned and blocked, forcing them to return to the airport. The group of opposition senators had planned to drive from the coastal airport of Maiquetía to the capital Caracas and then on to a military jail where hard-line opposition leader Leopoldo López has been for more than a year.


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