Guyana condemns overflight of Eteringbang by Venezuelan fighter jets

A Russian-made Venezuelan air force Sukhoi fighter jet. (
A Russian-made Venezuelan air force Sukhoi fighter jet. (

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said that two Venezuelan fighter jets overflew Eteringbang in Region Seven, the latest act of aggression aimed at Guyana.

A statement from the ministry said that yesterday at approximately 13:20 hrs., two Russian-made Venezuelan army Sukhoi SU 30 fighter jets, overflew the community of Eteringbang and the airstrip at a very low altitude of 1500 feet.

The fighter jets circled the location once before proceeding in an easterly direction, the statement said.         

“The Government of Guyana condemns this latest act of aggression by the Venezuelan armed forces as a violation of the sovereignty of Guyana over the air above its territory.

“The Government wishes to remind that this latest hostility follows closely on the heels of: (i) a Decree recently issued by President Nicolas Maduro which purports to establish maritime territory for Venezuela which encompasses Guyana’s territorial waters, EEZ and continental shelf, as well as its land territory west of the Essequibo River; (ii) the illegal interception and detention of two Guyanese fishing vessels and their crew in Guyana’s waters; and (iii) the resolutions of the Special Commission for the Defence of the “Guayana Esequiba” and Territorial Sovereignty which recommended the convening a session of this Special Commission to the Essequibo with the assistance of the Venezuelan armed forces.

“The incursion of our territory of the two Venezuelan fighter jets is a clear indication that the government of Venezuela is prepared to use aggression and intimidation to accomplish what cannot be accomplished by legal means- the surrender by Guyana of its patrimony. The Government of Guyana exhorts the Government of Venezuela, and its agents, to behave in a manner consistent with international law and good neighbourly relations”, the statement said.

It added that the international community will be kept informed of all actions undertaken by Venezuela to “undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana and threaten the peace and security of the region”.

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  • brandli62  On 03/04/2021 at 1:50 am

    As predicted, the Venezuelan governments is continuing with its provocations. It’s taken from the Chinese playbook for the South China Sea: Provoke, intimidate, threaten, and then claim by remaining passive the other side has implicitly accepted its territorial claims as valid and justified.

  • Dennis Albert  On 03/04/2021 at 6:51 am

    More news for you Moderator!

    This is escalating

    • Brother Man  On 03/04/2021 at 7:10 am

      Guyana saldrá victoriosa al final.

      Brother Man

  • lallbachanhardeen  On 03/04/2021 at 8:01 am

    Not a blade of grass – not one jamoon etc. I have had the experience of living in Venezuela. The people in general are very warm and empathetic. I was over there from 1983 to 1985 and made many acquaintances who provided some form of help for a young man who did not even speak the language.
    As always, there are those who will take advantage of illegal immigrants but not to dwell on that . But overall, especially with immigrant businesses, there was an opportunity to work of which I took advantage. I am presuming that the same is happening in Guyana since the reverse is happening – cheaper Venezuelan labor and “sex workers “, especially if they have some lighter complexion.
    To address the “Essequibo claim “; this has been going on forever and I was a beneficiary of those claims in that I was considered somewhat of a Venezuelan citizen because I was born in Essequibo. That being said, I was given the opportunity to work an honest job and I lived an honest life like most young people.
    To address the “fly over “, I would like to implore my Guyanese family to embrace the migrants from Venezuela and help them as much as possible. They are like any other set of migrants, looking for a safe place to live and raise their families. Lots of poorer Guyanese have been given the opportunity in Venezuela to accomplish many things and a lot of them are still there. So please give those poor souls a chance at a “normal ” life, if possible. Let the political establishment handle those aspects of border issues and do not penalize the migrants for what theirgovernmentisdoing. Most of us are migrants, whether in our own country or in others.

    • Dennis Albert  On 03/04/2021 at 9:14 pm

      The rum shop drinker who never left his village has been supporting “nationalism” by treating Venezuelan and Haitian visitors like second-class citizens. Read up on the story of the serial rapes of Venezuelan woman by a man who told the victims that he hated Spanish people while raping the Venezuelans.

      It’s like the coke export to Poland, and Poland export bigotry and racism to Guyana.

    • Brother Man  On 03/05/2021 at 6:26 am

      Lall Bachan Hardeen:

      Guyana is not in a position to embrace migrants from all over the place. We remain one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Don’t forget that.

      We have to manage our resources and lift ourselves out of poverty, build up our infrastructure, implement social and economic reform, etc before letting people in. We also need to make sure the current administration doesn’t sell out our natural resources to foreign opportunists.

      When we have put our house in order and settle the border dispute, and other issues, then perhaps we may be in a position to consider immigration reform, not now.

      Brother Man

      • lallbachanhardeen  On 03/05/2021 at 9:35 am

        Brother man, I couldn’t agree with you more. In the meantime where is the human compassion. The world, whether the UN or NGOs will spend millions of dollars to keep people in “tent cities” if we follow your train of thought. What humans need, especially those that share our borders, is to be absorbed into the collective. The only country that I have not experienced racism is Venezuela – and I have lived in a few during my lifetime. Our grandparents came from all over the world to make Guyana a place that we all call home. Let us not forget how we got to where we are today and build on those strengths. I am not interested in politics as much as I am interested in human development and the disenfranchisement of the poor and the opportunities to enable the working poor.
        My community had 800 kids in primary school and Guyana’s population was about the same in the 1980s. Today there are less than 60. Who is going to work in Guyana to develop it? Everyone wants to live like a first world person, but to do so, we have to go through the growing pains. Population needs to be sustained and communities need to grow. So for me, embrace the poor and disenfranchised and give them the opportunity to become part of Guyana and its development. I believe that this will work. Home will always be home.

  • erroldoobay  On 03/04/2021 at 1:02 pm

    We should have settled the problem 2 Hundred Years ago
    we have ask the AMERICAN GOVERMENT For not only for us GUYANESE but
    also to protect their OIL WELLS

    • Dennis Albert  On 03/06/2021 at 8:37 pm

      Ask AmeriKKKa for help to protect American oil wells offshore? Why forfeit over 50 billion barrels of oil for a border dispute? The oil is for the descendants of slavery and indentured labourer, not some racist country built on racism which to this day continues to oppress my brethren and treat them like second class citizens.

  • detow  On 03/04/2021 at 6:09 pm

    What Guyana really needs to do is to acquire some air to air missiles and shoot down any thing or anyone overflying, or intruding, over or on Guyanese territory without the express permission of the government. After Ankoko Island. Guyana should have developed some balls to protect its sovereignty.

    • lallbachanhardeen  On 03/04/2021 at 6:14 pm

      Costs money that they don’t have. I am sure that The West is salivating on arms sales.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 03/05/2021 at 1:55 pm

    Caracas Chronicles wrote:

    Eight years ago, some of us saw the death of Hugo Chávez as a missed opportunity to unite the country. This was no admirable feat of foresight; it was simply an obvious conclusion from the way Chávez and Maduro handled the narrative of his goodbye. Even with this, back then, there was a sense that we were closing a cycle and that a new better country, albeit horribly scarred, would rise. It felt like an ending. And no.

    Here we are, all these years later, at the bottom of all democracy and freedom indexes: The Economist’s Democracy Index ranked Venezuela in position 143, out of 167; while Freedom House gave us 14 points (on a 0 to 100 scale).

    There was never really a scar but an open wound.

    • lallbachanhardeen  On 03/05/2021 at 8:04 pm

      I too agree. Hugo Chavez was one of the great Latin Humanitarian. His dream of uniting the South American continent is also the dream of mine. “Viva Los Suenos of Simon Bolivar. ”
      As we develop our resources, we should share with the less fortunate. What we don’t understand it that we have the ability to be the masters of our destinies- only if we stop the selfish greed and the belief that money can make us happy
      Chavez saw that poverty could be alleviated and bartered because he saw poverty as a sin. My father, God bless his soul- also saw poverty as a sin.
      Why does the countries that have the most mineral resources are the ones with the most corrupt political establishment?
      My hope is that Gandhi’s as well as Mandela’s dream of freeing the underprivileged and the disenchanted comes to fruition in the near future.
      May enlightenment shine upon the “political establishment” of our generations.

      • Brother Man  On 03/06/2021 at 1:38 pm

        Que Guyana pase de la pobreza a la prosperidad.

        Brother Man

      • wally n  On 03/06/2021 at 2:34 pm

        WHAT!!!! He was a communist…holy crap Hoping older Guyanese educate the young idiots that lining up for rice .. oil .. peas and going home with NONE is not a pleasant way to live…put down the lipstick and let the pig run wild. Please..

      • Dennis Albert  On 03/06/2021 at 8:35 pm

        Dem Lambos, Ferraris, Rolls Royces and Aston Martins aren’t for the 9 to 5 crowd (or 830 to 430 to be more precise).

        Dem 12 to 19 storey hotels and proposed luxury condos along the ECD are for the Eastern European oligarchs, Iranian terrorist groups and Chinese money launderers.

        Venezuela’s politicis is entirely different from most countries: Hugo Chavez was a socialist-communist who wanted the European invaders out of his nation to protect the non-whites.

        The Guyanese politics is to lay off thousands of public sector workers of a certain wage, while giving tax free concessions to suspected drug dealers of a certain race, and kissing the foot of the ABC countries.

      • Brother Man  On 03/07/2021 at 1:05 am

        Trevor, why do you always refer to the mythical ABC countries assuming that everyone knows what you mean?

        For anyone wondering what he means by ABC, I am guessing it’s Argentina, Brazil and Chile. And I fail to see the need to do so or the relevance.

        Brother Man

      • Dennis Albert  On 03/07/2021 at 10:34 am

        Exxon is from Argentina then?

        If you read the dailies, the ABC countries refer to America, England and Canada. EU is the European Union.

        I hope you’re not dem PPP rum shop drinker who think they are smarter than Petrobas bosses or Maduro, and know more of the continent of South America than the Amazonian tribes who were in the jungle for thousands of years.

        Alison Redford, a corrupt Canadian politician robbed us of the Payara contract!

  • Dennis Albert  On 03/11/2021 at 6:45 am

    Raper man accused get bail for mass rapes of Venezuelan women:

    Is this the former Soviet nationalism that the PPP learned? The PPP voter should fight dem Spanish man without American help and get licks!

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