GUYANA: Venezuela releases detained fishing boats and crews

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugh Todd this evening confirmed that the 12 Guyanese fishermen detained in Venezuela have been released and will begin their journey home at first light.

“We have confirmed that they have been released and will return to Guyana tomorrow,” Todd told Stabroek News this evening. (February 2, 2021)   

The men were detained on January 21, 2020 while fishing in Guyanese waters aboard the Lady Nayera and the Sea Wolf.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation the two vessels were intercepted by Venezuelan naval vessel Commandante Hugo Chavez GC 24, while operating off the coast of Waini Point at a position of N 80 49’ 06”/ w 590 37’ 40” W.

These co-ordinates they remind are “well within Guyana’s territory” and therefore the crew members and vessels are currently illegally detained at Port Guiria, Venezuela.

Venezuela has refuted this claim via a statement from its own Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Relations. According to this statement the naval vessel was operating “in waters of undisputed Venezuelan sovereignty”.

While they fail to reference the specific location, Caracas claims that the two vessels were “engaged in illegal fishing in flagrante delicto in waters of full sovereignty and jurisdiction of Venezuela, without also having any type of legal documentation.”

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates that it will not allow illegal incursions of any kind into its territory and that it will exercise, as it has always done, the sacred right to the defence of their sovereignty,” the statement claimed.

In an address to the Nation on Saturday, President Irfaan Ali said that bilateral relations with Venezuela will be on hold until such time as it desists from aggression and immediately releases the fishing vessels and crew members.

“We are committed to bilateral discussions of matters of joint concern such as COVID-19 and Venezuelan migration to Guyana but….these discussions must be preceded by a commitment from Venezuela to desist from aggression and release immediately the vessels and crew,” Ali said during a public briefing on the matter.

Aboard the Lady Nayera are the captain, Richard Ramnarine and his crewa: Ramlakan Kamal, Nick Raghubar, Javin Boston, Michael Domingo and Joel Joseph.

On the Sea Wolf are its captain, Toney Garraway and crewmen, Errol Gardiner, Orland Roberts, Christopher Shaw, Shervin O’ Neil and Randy Henry.

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  • kamtanblog  On 02/03/2021 at 2:23 am

    Q
    What happened to all the fish on board ?
    Confiscated ??? Guess the mad-uro military
    had a good feast !

    Will Guyana gov compensate them for their loss
    of “cargo and time” in custody ??
    Doubt it !

    Kamtan

  • brandli62  On 02/03/2021 at 9:26 am

    This is good news, but it is likely not the last time that the Maduro regime will try to intimidate and question the Guyanese sovereignty over the maritime areas of the coast of Essequibo. In my opinion, this will only stop once Guyana is able to provide a credible deterrent to the Venezuelan navy. Does anybody have an idea how to achieve this?

    • kamtanblog  On 02/03/2021 at 1:31 pm

      Am sure USA will offer the equipment/personnel
      to train guyanese (GDF) how to defend
      themselves.
      Most Venezuelan military received their
      training from Russia/China.
      Mostly “defensive” roles ! USA will train in
      a more aggressive role.
      Should be interesting !

      K

      • brandli62  On 02/03/2021 at 3:18 pm

        Kamtan, this would be great way forward. Is the Ali administration ready to play the US card? With a level-headed new president in the White House, the risks for unexpected outcomes are strongly diminished…. 😉

  • wally n  On 02/03/2021 at 4:15 pm

    Level headed????that’s one hell of a stretch….but still funny

    • kamtanblog  On 02/03/2021 at 5:25 pm

      Demented old fart more like it !

      Haha

      But then again no one could be worse
      than the previous “idiot in chief”

      • brandli62  On 02/04/2021 at 4:22 am

        May I kindly ask for medical evidence that President Biden suffers from dementia? There is a allot of fake news and manipulated videos out there, doctored and spread by Trump supporters claiming that Biden is demented. We should not be in the business of spreading unsubstantiated claims. Regarding Trump, it is a fact that his father was suffering from late onset Alzheimer disease. I suspect that his father was carrying the APOE4 risk gene variant. Trump never revealed whether he carries the APOE4 gene variant himself.

      • kamtanblog  On 02/04/2021 at 5:28 am

        My apologies if I offend !
        It is a fact that as we age so does our memories….more grey cells die …not replaced.
        My suggestion is based purely on age !
        At 77 I forget more than I can remember …

        Am not “diagnosed” as demented just yet !
        As one becomes less physically active ones memory also fade…some faster than others.
        My father lost most of his marbles at 90
        My mother retained most of hers at 93.
        Agree it’s hereditary but some carry more father/mothers dna.

        Stats are a good guide to who will loose
        most/some of their marbles and the rate at which it will occur.
        But they are bit “guidelines” and everyone of us dna differs…we are all a unique species.
        Robots will never replace us !

        K

      • brandli62  On 02/04/2021 at 5:36 am

        Apology accepted! I believe that Biden does show any trace of dementia. He has a problem with stuttering since he was a child. He has overcome it with lots of discipline and training, but occasionally he trips and swallows words. This is however not a sign of dementia.

  • wally n  On 02/04/2021 at 3:06 pm

    An Apology for stating a fact???? Biden is an empty easily filled, ideal for the present farce. I was thinking of offering a position of sergeant in my “Hey that’s B.S” army to you…gone gone gone sorry

    • brandli62  On 02/04/2021 at 3:22 pm

      Stay with the facts, Wally. This includes your army. 😉

      President Biden speaks at State Department

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