Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 06:35 UTC

Venezuela presents 2016 budget based on a US$40 per barrel estimate

“This budget will allow us to return to the path of economic growth” said Finance minister Rodolfo Marco. He did not mention inflation or GDP growth

Venezuela's proposed 2016 government budget is based on an estimate of $40 per barrel for the OPEC nation's oil exports, Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said in a presentation to congress on Tuesday.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 09:53 UTC

Guyana beefs up reserves to protect country from Venezuela and Suriname

“All the elements and instruments of national power need constantly to be employed in order to protect our territory” Guyana president David Granger

Against the background of what he said were continued territorial threats from both Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana President David Granger has announced a Total National Defense Policy.

Monday, October 12th 2015 - 06:11 UTC

Guyana now faced with refloated territorial claims from Suriname

“We feel that this claim is spurious and we have taken measures in the past to protect our territorial integrity and we will continue to do so,” Granger said.

Less than a week after returning from the United Nations, where he raised concerns about Guyana’s border dispute with Venezuela, President David Granger was confronted with a similar issue involving Suriname.

Friday, October 9th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Guyana looks forward to Canadian support in territorial claims with Venezuela

The message was communicated to the diplomat by Guyana foreign minister Carl Greenidge at a reception hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner

The government of Guyana will be looking forward to Canada’s support against the territorial claims by Venezuela even as it seeks to strengthen its ties and bilateral agreements with the state, through new Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 10:32 UTC

“Even in jail I will fight for a free Venezuela”

“I am convinced of the justice of our cause: the liberation of a people from the painful consequences of a system of government that has failed completely”

By Leopoldo López - Prisión de Ramo Verde, Venezuela. On Feb. 12, 2014, the repressive and inept elite that governs Venezuela ordered my arrest on charges of conspiracy, arson, inciting violence, damage to public property and other crimes.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:09 UTC

Guyana believes Venezuela's military display is a 'show of force', but in case send forcers to the border

 Brig. Phillips disclosed that Venezuelan missiles were collected in El Dorado and speed boats with machine guns were patrolling Guyana’s Cuyuni River.

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) says it’s ready to defend the country against any act of aggression at the country’s border with neighbour Venezuela. The declaration was made by the GDF’s Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips, as Minister of State Joseph Harmon also assured that President David Granger was “on top of the situation”, which he described as 'a show of force' and 'not a threat of force'.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Maduro calls for dialogue with Guyana but insists on its claim over Essequibo

Maduro’s invitation comes amidst Guyana’s concerns, following Venezuela’s increased military presence on the border it shares with Guyana.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro says he wants to have a discussion with his Guyanese counterpart to find a way to settle the conflicts between the two countries. He made a call for a meeting to be held on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York, during his ‘Contact with Maduro’ program, according to the statement on the website of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:11 UTC

Venezuela admits military 'deployment exercise' along the border with Guyana

Defense Minister Padrino Lopez said that Venezuela was conducting military exercises “because we are really preparing ourselves”

Venezuela says the deployment of its troops near the border it shares with Guyana, which triggered serious concern in Georgetown, is “an operational deployment exercise”. This follows on months of diplomatic aggression and threats by the regime of Nicolas Maduro claiming two thirds of Guyana's territory.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 09:03 UTC

Guyana claims Venezuela is making “abnormal military deployments” near the border

“During September we have noticed an extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activity in eastern Venezuela” said president Granger

Guyana President David Granger is claiming that Venezuela is making “abnormal and extraordinary military deployments” near the border between the two countries. He made the accusation on Tuesday, saying that he had received reports about the movement in eastern Venezuela/western Guyana.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 10:14 UTC

With mediation of Uruguay and Ecuador border Colombia / Venezuela reopens

The talks -- facilitated by Correa and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez -- lasted five hours and also saw an agreement of “the situation on the border”

Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

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