Georgetown – The Ministry of International Affairs has confirmed reviews that two Guyanese registered fishing vessels – the Woman Nayera and the Sea Wolf – working off the coast of Waini Level inside Guyana’s Unique Financial Zone, have been not too long ago intercepted by Venezuelan naval vessel Commandante Hugo Chavez GC 24.
In a press release, late Saturday, the ministry stated the captains of each fishing vessels have been instructed to chart a course to Port Guiria the place the boats and crew have been detained.
“So far, the Authorities of Guyana has not been knowledgeable by the Authorities of Venezuela of the detention of its nationals. The Venezuelan vessel was illegally manoeuvring inside Guyana’s EEZ and Contiguous Zone when it intercepted, boarded and commandeered the Guyanese fishing vessels.”
“The Ministry of International Affairs is at the moment in search of to determine the standing and welfare of the crew members.”
“Guyana condemns within the strongest doable phrases this wanton act of aggression by the Venezuelan armed forces towards Guyana and Guyanese residents. This Venezuelan motion quantities to an interference with the sovereign rights of Guyana in its EEZ, opposite to worldwide regulation.”
The assertion stated that this newest hostility follows carefully on the heels of a Decree not too long ago issued by President Nicolas Maduro which purports to ascertain “a brand new maritime territory of Venezuela known as ‘Territory for the event of the Atlantic Façade’”, encompassing Guyana’s territorial waters, EEZ and continental shelf, in addition to its land territory west of the Essequibo River.
“Guyana has emphatically condemned this Venezuelan Decree as a flagrant violation of its sovereignty and sovereign rights, and of basic guidelines of worldwide regulation.”
“The Authorities of Guyana insists on the fast launch of the crew and vessels. It additional exhorts the Authorities of Venezuela, and its brokers, to behave in a fashion in line with worldwide regulation and good neighbourly relations.”
The Ministry of International Affairs stated that the worldwide group can be saved knowledgeable of all actions undertaken by Venezuela “to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana”. (CMC)