Executive Vice-president: Venezuela has no doubt of its membership in the Esequibo territory
Delcy Rodríguez, executive Vice-president of the Republic, denounced that the Government of Guyana attacked the sovereignty of Venezuela, by authorizing seismic exploration vessels of the American transnational Exxon Mobil, to violate the maritime space of the Essequibo territory, illegally occupying, without the authorization of the National Government, the coordinates corresponding to the Venezuelan maritime space; this was announced on Tuesday, at a press conference from the Simón Bolívar room of the Miraflores Palace. In this regard, Rodriguez said that Venezuela has no doubt of his membership in the Essequibo territory, stripped by the British Empire and previously in claim, and referred to the incident that occurred on December 22, “it is a very serious event, caused by the Government of Guyana, when venturing, in an unprecedented way, in territorial waters of Venezuela”. The vice president, in this regard, exposed two audios, in which officials who navigated said ships clearly expressed their authorization by the Government of Guyana to circulate in Venezuelan waters, and indicated that these tests will be recorded before the United Nations Organization, and she recalled that last December, the Venezuelan Government denounced this unusual aggression before this international body. “The exploration vessel said that it would withdraw from Venezuelan territorial waters, by giving the exact coordinates of the national territory, where it is clearly seen that these officials knew they were in Venezuelan territorial waters, without authorization from the National Government; it is an evident provocation of the American transnational Exxon Mobil, with the complicity of the Government of Guyana, who lies when says that Venezuela boarded the ships”, Rodríguez said. Lima Group Interference She denounced that, recently, the “Lima Cartel” violated the Charter of the United Nations, disrespecting the sovereignty of the States, and stressed that this group had a meeting to meddle in the internal affairs of Venezuela, where they made an interventionist statement against the country, in which they questioned the maneuver exercised by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), in defense of the Venezuelan maritime space, violated by the seismic exploration vessels of the US transnational Exxon Mobil, supported by the Government of Guyana. The Vice-president condemned that the political class of the stateless right-wing who renounced to the legitimate territory of Venezuela and intends to deliver the resources, and said that the National Government will never give up the resources of the homeland, also denounced that the Exxon Mobil paid 20 million dollars to Guyana, to denounce Venezuela for the territorial dispute of Guyana, to justify an international conflict between the two nations. She deplored that the government of President Granger broke and violated Article 4 of the Geneva Agreement that establishes the diplomatic channel, the understanding in the political negotiation, contemplated in said agreement, which historically stipulates to favor both parties, without having to go to International Criminal Court, she also indicated that the National Government urges Guyana to return to legality and respect the international system, and its specific rules. Finally, the Vice-president reiterated the disposition to advance in relations of mutual respect, framed in the Diplomacy of Peace, and reaffirmed that the National Government will maintain the integral defense of Venezuela, the legacy of the Bolivarian doctrine, deeply established in the country, expressed in the Bolivarian Revolution, and in the people of the Patria Grande.