Diplomatic tension between Venezuela and Guyana resurfaced in recent weeks after the National Assembly called a non-binding referendum on the territorial dispute for next Sunday, December 3. This same day, Guyana summoned an actor to reject the mechanism. “Defense actions have been intensified in the country’s northern border region, promoting a greater military presence,” the Brazilian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Brazil reinforced its military presence on the country’s northern border as a result of diplomatic tensions between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo region. The Brazilian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that it is monitoring the situation between neighboring countries, which is why it has decided to reinforce border security.
“Defense actions have been intensified in the country’s northern border region, promoting a greater military presence,” stated the statement sent to EFEin which he did not specify what measures have been taken.
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The Roraima state, in the middle of the Amazon jungle, borders both Venezuela and the Guyanese region of Essequibo, which is a territory of almost 160,000 square kilometers claimed by Caracas for more than a century.
Diplomatic tension between Venezuela and Guyana resurfaced in recent weeks after the National Assembly called a non-binding referendum on the territorial dispute for next Sunday.
In the referendum, the population will be consulted about the possible incorporation of Essequibo to the national map and granting Venezuelan nationality to the 125,000 inhabitants of the area in dispute.
Venezuela accuses the president of Guyana, Irfaan Ali, of ignoring the multiple calls from his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, to “establish a direct diplomatic dialogue” to resolve the controversy.
For its part, Guyana assured this month that the time for a negotiation “has run out” and that it trusts in the process carried out by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which declared itself competent to decide on the matter.
Foreign and Defense Ministers and authorities of South America, who held a meeting last week in Brazil, urged Guyana and Venezuela to resolve the bilateral tension through dialogue.
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