Bolivarian Government reiterates to the government of Guyana its protest against oil exploration in Venezuelan territory
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterated, for the fourth time, its protest to the activities of exploration of hydrocarbon resources in territory of exclusive Venezuelan sovereignty on the part of the government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. In this sense, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela considers that the content of the third-Note of Protest issued by the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, on December 27, 2018, fully responds to a Note received by the Guyanese Foreign Ministry, pointing out in its content their unilateral initiatives as erroneous and that, beyond its illegality, can cause undesirable incidents, in turn, Venezuela is reluctant to believe that this might be precisely the goal pursued by Guyana. The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reported last Sunday that the Bolivarian National Navy, carrying out its customary patrols for the Venezuelan Atlantic façade, in charge of the Kariña Oceanic Patrolman (PO-14), spotted the unprecedented presence, in jurisdictional waters of Venezuela, of two seismic exploration vessels. The referred ships were at the coordinates Latitude 09 ° 17 ‘4 “N Longitude 058 ° 15’ 7” W and Latitude 09 ° 15 ‘0 “Longitude 058 ° 17’ 3” W, in the maritime projection of the Orinoco Delta being under indubitable sovereignty of Venezuela. In this regard, Venezuela reiterates its categorical objection based on the most elementary principles of international law, and in this regard proposes to the Government of Guyana the resumption of direct and mutual agreement negotiations, with the assistance of the General Secretary of the United Nations.