The Guyana Government has informed its international partners on the mobilization of Venezuelan military troops near the border locations with Guyana.
In a statement this afternoon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that an explanation on the military mobilization near the border locations was sought from Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana. The Ambassador informed the Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd that the mobilization is part of a Venezuelan military exercise to tackle illegal mining in the country.
Despite that explanation, the Guyana Government made a decision to inform CARICOM and its international partners on the issue.
In its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Government of Guyana remains on guard.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Government of Guyana has taken careful note of the various social media posts which have reported the mobilization of increased personnel and execution of military exercises by Venezuelan troops in close vicinity to Guyana’s borders.
The Government said every piece of information is taken seriously and is being examined in detail, and the Guyana Defence Force has also been reviewing the reports.
A number of videos and photographs of Venezuelan troops being mobilized have been appearing on the social media profiles of some Venezuelan activists and social media commentators.
News Source understands that the Guyana Defence Force as well as National Intelligence, have been paying close attention to the social media posts and have also been monitoring the reports of increased activities near the bordering regions.
President Irfaan Ali, who is attending the Canada-CARICOM summit in Canada, is being briefed regularly on the reports, and has also been informing his fellow CARICOM Heads of Government of the latest developments.
Guyana currently has Venezuela before the International Court of Justice as the country seeks a final judicial settlement of the border controversy.