The disputed territory of Guyana-Essequibo belongs to Venezuela and has never been recognized as part of Guyana. This was stated by the Executive Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez on her page on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
“Venezuela has never, ever recognized Guyana-Essequibo as Guyanese territory,” Rodriguez said. “When Venezuela recognized Guyana as an independent republic from the British Crown, we made an unequivocal reservation that the territory of the new state was east of the right bank of the Essequibo River. Our reservation is clear: Guyana-Essequibo is Venezuelan territory, and its border is the Essequibo River,” she explained she.
Rodriguez criticized the refusal of the authorities of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to engage in diplomatic dialogue and pointed out the threat of the territorial dispute escalating into a large-scale conflict, which is being pushed towards by the US Southern Command.
A long-term territorial dispute between the two countries over the ownership of a territory of 159.5 thousand square meters. km west of the Essequibo River, called Guyana-Essequibo, which is claimed by Caracas, has escalated due to Guyana’s granting of oil concessions to ExxonMobil and US plans to establish a military base in the disputed territory.