BREAKING: Venezuela building up troops near Guyana border

BREAKING: Venezuela building up troops near Guyana border

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 –  by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

Granger - MaduroPhoto: Guyana’s President David Granger and the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro

President David Granger on Tuesday said Venezuela was building up troops near the border with Guyana.

“We have recently received reports that Venezuela has been making extraordinary military deployments in eastern Venezuela, that is western Guyana, which seem to be impacting on Guyana’s territorial defence,” he told reporters.

He said he and top security chiefs were meeting Tuesday to craft a response. 

Asked how convinced he was that the build-up of marine vessels and various forms of ground forces near the border between the two South American countries had anything to do with the controversy over the Essequibo Region, the retired Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said “I have been in my earlier profession familiar with Venezuelan behaviour and what we have noticed during the month of September is an extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activity in eastern Venezuela,” he said.

The President stressed that the military build-up was “abnormal” and that the Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud; Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Mark Phillips; Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo were Tuesday meeting at Cabinet to address Venezuela’s persistent “aggressive” and “hostile” behaviour towards Guyana.

“We feel that Venezuela is treading a dangerous course at this point in time rather than seeking a peaceful resolution of the matter, Venezuela seems to be pursuing a very offensive and aggressive course,” he added.

Venezuela’s security forces have been also battling violent food riots across that country.

Granger reiterated that he would be raising Venezuela’s claim to the mineral and forest-rich Essequibo Region in his address to the United Nations General Assembly next week and in bilateral talks with other world leaders.

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  • NDTewarie  On 09/22/2015 at 12:08 pm

    The New Guyana’s Gov’t/Leader should seek the aid of the US to assist in this skulduggery with that idiot, Maduro, as his name implies, he’s mad

    • Linda  On 09/22/2015 at 1:12 pm

      Who do you think is informing President Granger about the Venezuelan build up of troops on our border. They have the drones and satellites keeping track of these movements.

  • compton de castro  On 09/22/2015 at 12:39 pm

    Caution here………Hitler was also MAD.
    The plus is maduro has lost control of his people and is using his “military” might
    against his own people………those same military will eventually turn their guns in his direction in a revolution…………not sure if CIA is involved but am sure they are
    aware of maduro s intentions. Sadam invaded Kuwait without CIA s approval/incitement. Invasion without “prior permission” or peoples approval
    will end in tears. Dictators seldom hold onto power forever. Military coup normally follows. Venezuela no exception. USA certainly wishes stability in the region.
    Let’s hope maduro is stupid enough to invade Essequibo again………am sure BIG
    brother is aware of his intentions. Also Granger is no fool as is already voicing the threat at UN general assembly……..way forward via UN.

  • compton de castro  On 09/22/2015 at 12:41 pm

    May also add “at UN s security council” also.

  • detow  On 09/22/2015 at 5:07 pm

    I wonder what is Brazil’s stand on this matter, are they with or against Guyana and if with us as past actions have indicated, should they not, at this point in time, send sufficient assistance to Guyana to ensure that Maduro and his henchmen do not invade Guyana before the UN/US/England can take some action to deter this mad man from committing his nation to its doom.

    Also, will the PPP/C support the present government in defending Guyana or will they stand on the sideline, rubbing their hands in glee that someone who LOOKS LIKE THEM is about to reek havoc in the Caribbean. I wonder.

    I am sure that president Granger and his affiliates are up to the task of ensuring Guyana’s safety but it is beyond a reasonable doubt that they need help. I hope that they assistance comes sooner rather than later.

    Just my thoughts.

  • compton de castro  On 09/22/2015 at 5:40 pm

    As the saying goes…..given enough rope lunatics will hang themselves.
    As the song goes …..not a blade of grass.

    Brazil will certainly wish for peace in region …..and if requested will certainly support the underdog…..but doubt if this will be necessary…….am sure the UN
    will mediate in the dispute….UN peacekeepers sent to borders.

    UN would not wish for another IRAQ/Kuwait invasion in Latino land.

    Uniformed military movements are under observation…..any infringements of
    border disputed territory will be observed and necessary action taken.UN s
    responsibility as peacekeepers. Failing this USA will certainly become engaged.

  • Deen  On 09/22/2015 at 8:09 pm

    As we know, Venezuel’s military is greater than that of Guyana. It’s a David and Goliath situation and we all know how that ended. Any unprovoked military aggression by Venezuela and trespass on Guyana’s territory will be condemned by the UN, especially all neighboring countries. Moreover, the US has long viewed Venezuel’s leaders, both Chavez and Maduro as unfriendly. Based on that, I feel sure the US would not hesitate to respond in aiding and supporting Guyana’s defense.
    Maduro will be reckless and stupid to resort to military action in trying to unlawfully lay claim on Guyana’s territory.

  • Gigi  On 09/23/2015 at 8:43 pm

    Oh goody we finally get to see Guyana’s king Julian in action. Oh wait, silly me, this is the 21st century and not medieval times when kings and rulers actually did lead their armies into battle. Oh king Julian…aren’t I clever? I just give you a fantastic excuse to bow out.

    Oh well, you can always throw them one of those taxpayer funded extravagant bashes of yours as a nice send off.

    Hit it boys….Da da da da da da da da circus

    …I like to move it, move it…I like to…move it

  • Ron. Persaud  On 09/24/2015 at 5:39 am

    I recall the ‘Ankoko Incursion’
    At that time there was ‘gossip’ that this was another of the PNC ruses to deflect attention from pressing domestic issues like shortage of foodstuff, unemployment and other unsorted ills.
    I am of the opinion that this time, it is Venezuela that wants to create the diversion for probably similar domestic irritants.
    If that is so, then the Guyana Government has been presented with a grand opportunity to strut its diplomatic mettle.
    It has been pointed out that Venezuela has more military might than Guyana; that Guyana might form an alliance with powers like the US etc.
    This always reminds me of “Iz a Puzzlement” from ‘The King and I’.

  • compton de castro  On 09/24/2015 at 7:11 am

    David V Goliath …..😇

    MADuro is certainly in trouble nationally…..with oil prices still downward.
    What does a cornered rat do ? Commit suicide ! doubt it !
    Look for an escape route….Granger can offer him political asylum !😀😈

    Am sure Castro or Putin not interested……nor Rouseff as they all have their own
    burning issues to resolve. Obama won’t hesitate to retaliate to any hostility in
    the hood……nice climax to his departure.

    Let the UN security council sort this one out if MADuro decides to invade disputed territory…….that would be certain suicide !

    Granger should request peace keeping troops via UN if things escalate.

    Diplomacy way forward.

    Great movie !


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