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Venezuela VP disputes Guyana's Version on Exxon Ships in Disputed Waters

Featured Vice President Delcy Rodriguez shows evidence of the area Exxon Mobil ships entered, an undisputedly | Photo: teleSUR Vice President Delcy Rodriguez shows evidence of the area Exxon Mobil ships entered, an undisputedly | Photo: teleSUR
CARACAS, January 8, 2019 - Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, on Tuesday presented what she says is concrete evidence contradicting Guyana's version of Venezuela's interception of two Exxon Mobile vessels, said to have been in Guyanese waters off the Esequibo area, which took place in December 2018.
Rodriguez showed official documentation evidencing the fact that the ships were not in fact in the disputed area of Esequiba.

According to  Rodrigues, The presence of Exxon Mobile ships, sent by Guyana into Venezuelan waters, is a very serious event and has considered this as an act of provocation.

Rodriguez showed official documentation which evidenced the fact that the ships were not in fact in the disputed area of Esequiba, the lines of which were settled via the Geneva Convention of 1966.

The ships trespassed on waters located within territory under Venezuelan jurisdiction, and over which there is no dispute of any kind, said the vice president, making reference to agreements signed between both nations, and which has been unrecognized and violated by the government of David Granger, by granting concessions to foreign companies, such as Exxon Mobile, for their own interests.

Delcy Rodríguez played radio communications recorded by the Bolivarian Navy as it encountered one of the ships. The tape makes clear that the event did not occur in disputed waters, but in Venezuelan territory.

Likewise, the recording disproved the idea that Venezuelan officials had not boarded the Guyanese ships as the nation claimed.

In addition, the Bolivarian official denounced Exxon Mobile’s payment of a sum of US$20 million to Granger’s government to sue Venezuela before the International Court of Justice.

on Saturday December 22, The Norwegian company, Petroleum Geo-Services, stopped 3-D seismic oil exploration activities offshore Guyana closer to the Venezuelan border after the Venezuelan military intercepted the vessel on Saturday, ExxonMobil said.

The location is offshore the Essequibo Region that Venezuela claims as hers. The United Nations Secretary General has sent the controversy over the validity of the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award to the International Court of Justice for settlement.

However, Venezuela has refused to participate in those proceedings, saying the court lacks jurisdiction and that the two countries should instead settle the controversy bilaterally, a 50-year old process that Guyana says it is tired of.

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