Venezuela’s Minister of Communes and Social Movements, Jorge Arreaza, reported that the oil transnational ExxonMobil, headquartered in Texas, USA, is financing the legal expenses for Guyana in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case regarding the Essequibo territorial dispute.
On social media, Arreaza provided documents to support the claim.
“Exxon is at the forefront of the attempt to steal the Essequibo territory from Venezuela in order to steal our oil,” he wrote. “The government of Guyana is not in charge. It obeys orders from ExxonMobil. It is not independent.”
– La @exxonmobil financia los gastos jurídicos de #Guyana en la Corte Internacional de Justicia.
– No lo decimos nosotros, lo afirman voceros del gobierno de Guyana y lo reseñan sus propios medios (vean las imágenes anexas).
– La Exxon está al frente de la pretensión de robarle… pic.twitter.com/tuDjNwgnsh
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) November 12, 2023
He reiterated that on December 3, all of Venezuela will vote on whether to defend the disputed Essequibo territory.
Last Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had reported that Exxon Mobil was financing a campaign to divide voters in the consultative referendum on the Essequibo territory, according to the Con el Mazo Dando program.
“ExxonMobil is giving out money to buy people inside Venezuela to divide and confuse Venezuelans,” warned the Venezuelan president, showing a flyer with a “biased” content.
“Who pays for it?” asked President Maduro. “ExxonMobil’s dollars.” The corporation is trying to illegally take possession of the Essequibo’s resources.”
Translation: Orinoco Tribune
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