U.S. has no intention of setting up any military base in Guyana – U.S Admiral

Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller.

Jan 13, 2021 – – Kaieteur  News – During a press conference yesterday, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, stated that the United States of America (USA) has no intention on setting up any military bases in Guyana.

This comment was made after the signing of the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, between Guyana and the USA. The event was held at the Baridi Benab, at the State House, Carmichael Street, Georgetown.  (See article below)          

The agreement was signed by Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Godfrey Bess, and Admiral Faller. In light of the Guyana border controversy with Venezuela, Admiral Faller was asked by the media if there will be a greater presence of the U.S. military in Guyana, by the setting up of military bases in the country on or offshore.

Responding to the question, Admiral Faller said, “The United States doesn’t seek to have bases anywhere in the hemisphere. We seek to have the right military presence as invited by our sovereign partners; we only came at the request of mutually agreed partnership for an exercise or training.”

The U.S. Admiral added that their future presence in Guyana will be determined by “our host and friends and that presence will be in the form of exercises and training…”

Faller was also asked if the U.S. is concerned that Venezuela can pose a threat to the U.S. oil company ExxonMobil, and about the support of the U.S. military to Guyana due to the Venezuela’s latest decree over local waters.

The Admiral said, “Every nation deserves the right for sovereignty and to make sovereign decisions over its resources…my visit was planned months ago.”

While stating that their only focus is to strengthen the bilateral military relationship for exercises and activities, he added that as it relates to the controversy over borders and territories, the matter is best left to legitimate international organizations, so there can be a peaceful resolution.

Guyana, U.S sign goods and servicing agreement… for Defence Forces

Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Godfrey Bess, (left) and Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller.

Kaieteur News  Jan 13, 2021 Guyana and the United States of America (USA) yesterday signed an agreement which allows the exchange of goods and services between the two countries’ defence force.

The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, was signed by Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Godfrey Bess, on behalf of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller.

The signing of the agreement paved the way for the exchange of goods or services of equal value to support future bilateral defence cooperation. The purpose of the agreement is to establish basic terms, conditions, and procedures to facilitate the mutual provision of logistic support, supplies, and services between the two countries.

The event was held at the Baridi Benab, at the State House, Carmichael Street, Georgetown.

During his remarks after the signing of the agreement, Brigadier Bess said, “I am pleased today to be joined by Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the United States Southern Command. His presence here today symbolizes the excellent relations between the militaries of the United States of America (USA) and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.”

He added that with the agreement, the two militaries will now be able to expand their response to tackle issues like climate change, trafficking narcotics, terrorism, small arms and human trafficking.

He said, “These threats, if left unattended can erode national security and undermine regional stability. The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) therefore looks to increase the defence cooperation as a mean of improving the responsiveness to natural disasters and transnational criminal threats.”
Brigadier Bess also stated that Guyana is part of a Region that is prone to natural hazards, which have the potential to undermine security and stability in a country.

Admiral Faller in his remarks said that it’s an honor to be in Guyana to demonstrate another step in the longstanding bilateral agreement military-to-military security cooperation.

He added, “With this agreement we are entering a new era of defence partnership. For over half a century our countries have built a bond of friendship…”
Admiral Faller arrived in Guyana on Monday, and is on a three-day visit. The Southern Command is one of the Department of Defence’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America, as well as security cooperation with defence and public-security forces in the region.

The U.S. and Guyana have a history of security cooperation, and the defence partnership between the two countries includes collaboration against regional threats and challenges, capacity-building engagements, bilateral training, expertise exchanges, exercises, and participation in military education programs.
Last September, during the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit, the two countries signed a Shiprider Agreement, which allows the US Coast Guard to patrol local waters.

The first joint-service exercise between the two countries’ Coast Guards was conducted last Saturday to combat illegal fishing activities in local waters.

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  • Kman  On 01/15/2021 at 3:52 pm

    They are not interested in setting up a base. Venezuela is in their backyard, according to them. The Americans are more interested in getting information via Mobil Exon

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