Guyana claims Venezuela assembling troops near border
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – President David Granger is claiming that Venezuela is making “abnormal . . . and extraordinary military deployments” near the border between the two countries.
He made the accusation today, saying that he had received reports about the movement in eastern Venezuela/western Guyana.
“I have been, in my earlier profession, familiar with Venezuelan behaviour and what we have noticed during the month of September is an extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activity in eastern Venezuela,” Granger, a retired Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), told reporters.
The allegation comes amidst a flare up in the longstanding border dispute between the two countries.
“We feel that Venezuela is treading a dangerous course at this point in time. Rather than seeking a peaceful resolution of the matter, Venezuela seems to be pursuing a very offensive and aggressive course,” Granger said.
The president disclosed that several key people, including the country’s top security officials, were meeting to respond to what he described as Venezuela’s aggressive and hostile behaviour.