President David Granger will be continuing his trips to the bordering regions with Venezuela as the government remains concerned about the instability in the neighbouring country. That concern is being shared by Brazil and Colombia, which also share borders with Venezuela.
In a release from the Ministry of the Presidency yesterday, the President said that the concern remains about Venezuelans crossing over into the bordering Guyanese communities.
Ranks from the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force have started increased patrols. The President has also ordered the Guyana Defence Force to brief the Parliamentary Committee on Security on the developments in the bordering regions.
“At the Defence Board meeting that was held last Thursday, I instructed that the Guyana Defence Force should brief the Parliamentary Committee on security to let them know what preparations are taking place and I expect that there will be full participation both by members of the Government side and the Opposition side. If necessary, we will take this to civil society and I have already briefed the Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, that civil society must be aware of what is taking place. So, we are operating at different levels; we are operating at a local level in the villages, in the frontline villages themselves”, the President said.
Over the past week, President Granger has been meeting with villagers in the bordering communities and has been reassuring them of government’s commitment to their security and safety.
The economic situation in Venezuela has forced many of its citizens to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, including Guyana.