US to conduct Guyana flights as tensions mount over Venezuela dispute

us to conduct guyana flights as tensions mount over venezuela dispute

The Essequibo River in Guyana, on November 19 [Juan Pablo Arraez/AP Photo]

The United States has said it will conduct joint flight drills with Guyana amid growing border tensions between Guyana and Venezuela.

The long-running dispute over the oil-rich Essequibo region, which is being heard by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), escalated over the weekend when voters in Venezuela rejected the ICJ’s jurisdiction and backed the creation of a new Venezuelan state.

The US embassy in Georgetown said in a statement on Thursday that US Southern Command, which oversees military operations in Central and South America, would “conduct flight operations with the Guyanese military” on Thursday.

The statement said the drills were part of “routine engagement and operations to enhance [the] security partnership between the United States and Guyana” but has been widely interpreted as an effort to deter military intervention by Venezuela.

Caracas rejected the US announcement of flights as a “provocation”.

Later on Thursday, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said Washington supported a peaceful resolution to the border dispute.

“We absolutely stand by our unwavering support for Guyana’s sovereignty,” he told reporters.

 

Following the vote, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has authorised oil exploration in Essequibo, in a move that drew the ire of Guyana President Irfaan Ali.

“We have initiated a number of precautionary measures to ensure the peace and stability of this region,” Ali said.

“Should Venezuela proceed to act in this reckless and adventurous manner, the region will have to respond,” he told The Associated Press news agency.

There are growing concerns across South America that the tensions could spiral into a military confrontation.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that multilateral groups must help find a peaceful solution to the dispute.

“We do not want and we do not need war in South America,” Lula said on Thursday.

The news outlet Reuters reported that Brazil’s army intelligence has detected a build-up in Venezuelan forces near the border with Guyana, citing an unnamed senior military official.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Aliw Awards nominations out

ALIW Awards Foundation Inc. President Alice H. Reyes has released the names of finalists for the 2023 Aliw Awards to be presented on Dec. 11, 2023, at the Manila Hotel ... Read more »

WhatsApp Web gains the feature of single-view photos and videos

WhatsApp Web gains the feature of single-view photos and videos (Photo: Unsplash) The WhatsApp Web, the desktop version of the popular messaging app from Meta, has received an update allowing ... Read more »

Young athletes’ time to shine in Siklab Awards

Young athletes’ time to shine in Siklab Awards MANILA, Philippines — The future heroes of Philippine sports will be honored during the third Siklab Youth Sports Awards on Dec. 4 ... Read more »

Local exec says 5-10 barangays still isolated in Northern Samar

Graphics by Jannielyn Ann Bigtas A local government official said Monday that five to 10 barangays in Northern Samar are still isolated following the massive flooding in the area last ... Read more »

App made by ex-jeepney driver will let you pay PUV fare, book tricycles

DyipPay app lets you pay jeepney fare, book tricycles “Barya lang po sa umaga.” Everyone who rides jeepneys knows this rule: it may not be an actual law, but it’s ... Read more »

Updated In-Season Tournament Bracket ahead of pool play finale

Updated In-Season Tournament Bracket ahead of pool play finale Tuesday will mark the last day of pool play for the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament. From there, six first-place teams and ... Read more »

PCG forms teams for maritime emergency response

PCG forms teams for maritime emergency response MANILA, Philippines — Recent incidents of fishermen lost in the waters off Southern Tagalog have prompted the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to form ... Read more »
Top List in the World