This was disclosed by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who told Parliament on Wednesday that a complaint has also been made to outgoing United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
According to reports out of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, aerial operations are being done to map the Essequibo region of Guyana for a new Venezuelan atlas.
Greenidge told reporters that the GDF has been tasked with defining this latest aggression, which violates international law. “Information has been provided to the GDF with a view to them following it up and substantiating it,” he said.
The Foreign Affairs Minister added that Guyana does not have the capacity to monitor all of its air and sea-space.
“However, we all must now recognise the need for the almost immediate acquisition of air and maritime assets to safeguard our patrimony in order for us to exercise greater maritime domain awareness over our Exclusive Economic Zone and to have a faster operational reach into our hinterland and border regions.”
Last year, Venezuela unilaterally annexed all of the Atlantic Sea off the Essequibo Region, an issue that led to diplomatic protests by Guyana at all regional and international fora.
Venezuela claims the mineral and forest-rich Essequibo Region as well as the Atlantic sea offshore that area.
Despite agreeing to the 1899 Tribunal award to settle the border dispute, Venezuela has in recent times continued to lay claim to Guyana’s territory alleging corruption on the part of the 1899 tribunal, which ruled in Guyana’s favour.
The outgoing UN Secretary General has pledged to offer assessment of the Guyana/Venezuela border row before he leaves office.
Last month during a meeting with President David Granger the UN Secretary General said his assessment will most likely be given in November.
Granger, who accepted the timetable, has committed to providing the Secretary General with any additional information needed to compete the assessment.
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