Venezuelan Navy escort didn’t enter Guyana’s waters with native fishing vessels- prime military officer – Demerara Waves On-line Information- Guyana
Last updated on Thursday, February 11, 2021, 8:35 pm by Denis Chabrol
The Venezuelan Navy, which was escorting the two Guyanese fishing vessels recently detained for nearly two weeks, was in the waters of Guyana, a senior officer in the Guyana Defense Force (GDF) said Thursday.
“Interestingly, we have noted that when the escort was being escorted by a Venezuelan naval ship, it stopped at what we say marks the demarcation of our western extreme of our exclusive economic zone. That was very interesting for us, ”Lieutenant Colonel Julius Skeete told reporters after the opening of the GDF officers’ conference in 2021.
He stressed that “we have not seen this level of activity” since the ships returned and since the end of January when asked if the Venezuelan military or other state assets could still be seen in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Minutes earlier, President Irfaan Ali had once again credited the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other organizations and countries that had exerted diplomatic pressure on Venezuela the release of the two ships Lady Nayera and Sea Wolf and their 12 crew members.
The Venezuelan Navy captured the Guyanese fishing boats and crews on January 21 when they were in local waters off Waini Point. However, the Venezuelans claimed they had been in their waters illegally and had fished without a permit.
For his part, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that the ships were voluntarily released on February 3rd in the interests of peace, and asked CARICOM to recognize the region as a peace zone. “The Venezuelan government wishes to recognize that this level of grace, motu proprio, is a genuine initiative for peace, responding to the sincere interest that the Caribbean remains a zone of peace and the mediation of the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, for the benefit of the stability of the region and good coexistence as neighbors, ”said the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.
The capture and detention of the Guyanese boats came days after the Guyana Coast Guard and the United States conducted joint operations to counteract illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Venezuela, in an obvious reaction, declared all waters off the Essequibo region to the east bank of the Essequibo as theirs.
The GDF Coast Guard has said that Guyana continues to patrol the Guyana EEZ.