The Government of Venezuela has now taken issue with Guyana’s decision to gazette the regulated coordinates for the Essequibo river.
On Thursday, Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge announced in the National Assembly, the coordinates for the river baselines for the three main rivers being regulated and gazetted.
But the Venezuelan government has rejected the move and believes it is intended to provoke the Nicolas Maduro administration.
Venezuela has now dispatched a diplomatic note of protest to the Government of Guyana over the decision to include the Essequibo river in the new river baseline regulations. Venezuela is now demanding a correction of the drawn coordinates.
Guyana has made it clear that it intends to stick to the law with regards to the protection of its sovereignty.
Venezuela has been stepping up its claim to the Essequibo region and Guyana’s maritime waters ever since the Exxon Mobil oil company announced a significant oil find in Guyana’s territorial waters. Venezuela had protested against the presence of the oil rig and has accused the Guyana government of being aggressive.
Guyana’s President David Granger has been rallying the international community in Guyana’s corner in wake of the latest threats from Venezuela over the controversy.
The United Nations intends to send a team to both Guyana and Venezuela in an effort to ease the ongoing tension between the two neighbouring states.