This Tuesday the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, delivered a letter of protest to Guyana’s Chargé D’affaires in Venezuela, Robert McKenzie, in which he rejected Guyanese defamations and accusations following the unauthorized incursion of fishing ships into Venezuelan waters.
“The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry reported on a virtual meeting held with the Chancellor of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hugh Todd, and the delivery of a letter of protest to his chargé d’affaires accredited in Venezuela, Robert McKenzie,” Arreaza wrote on his Twitter account.
#COMUNICADO | La Cancillería venezolana informa sobre la reunión telemática sostenida con el Canciller de la República Cooperativa de Guyana, Hugh Todd, y la entrega de Nota de Protesta a su Encargado de Negocios acreditado en Venezuela, Robert McKenzie. pic.twitter.com/ttL3OTSIoz
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) January 26, 2021
Arreaza highlighted that he held a meeting via video conference with the Chancellor of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hugh Todd, in which the issue related to legitimate custodial activity by the Bolivarian National Navy was addressed, which led to the interception of two Guyanese fishing ships. Arreaza also expressed concern about how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Guyana has handled the case.
In a statement issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Arreaza detailed the evidence and location coordinates, clearly demonstrating that the ships were fishing illegally in jurisdictional and undisputed waters of Venezuela.
#EnVideo 📹 | Canciller @jaarreaza entrega Nota de Protesta al Encargado de Negocios de la República Cooperativa de Guyana 🇬🇾, Robert McKenzie, en rechazo a las difamaciones y acusaciones guyanesas tras la incursión no autorizada de los barcos "Nady Nayera” y “Sea Wolf".#26Ene pic.twitter.com/EDdMTSN93p
— Cancillería Venezuela 🇻🇪 (@CancilleriaVE) January 26, 2021
Likewise, Arreaza reiterated that Venezuela, adhering to the principles of International Law, reaffirms its willingness to dialogue in order to address any situation that affects the peace and stability of the region.
Featured image: Diplomats spoke about the case. Photo: @jaarreaza