Activity at crossing points along the Guyana/Venezuela border remain normal, says Citizenship Minister Winston Felix.
Over the last two weeks, Guyana has been paying attention to warnings of a possible influx of Venezuelan refugees in light of that country’s food shortage situation.
There were reports that persons were crossing the border to purchase food supplies and medicine.
When contacted on Monday, Minister Felix told News Source that those reports could not be verified. He explained that normal crossing activity was reported.
“There is nothing unusual, no such reports have reached us. Every day people cross the border at Venezuela with or without problems in Venezuela, likewise Brazil and Suriname,” Felix added.
He insisted that there was no information that the crossing at the Guyana/Venezuela border has taken on a different proportion from the usual. Felix said the situation continues to be monitored and preventative are being taken as he urged citizens not to be alarmed.
Fresh reports are that Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory with regards to its food shortage situation.
Guyana shares its western border with Venezuela and has been embroiled in a decades old controversy as Venezuela continues to lay claims to the Essequibo region.
Guyana and other Caribbean countries were recently warned by officials in Venezuela that they could possibly suffer an influx of refugees from Venezuela if food shortages continue in the country.
Guyana’s Army Chief, Brigadier Mark Phillips is on record as quelling concerns of any cross border activity between Guyana and Venezuela. (Kurt Campbell)