Caracas, December 17 (EFE).- The Minister of Defense of Venezuela, Vladimir Padrino, reiterated this Sunday that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) is “prepared” for “any scenario” amid the dispute with Guyana over the Essequibo after both countries met on Thursday and agreed not to threaten each other or use force.
In a ceremony in homage to the Liberator Simón Bolívar, broadcast by the state channel VTV, Padrino pointed out that “we will simply be here prepared for any situation.”
The sector vice president of Political Sovereignty, Security, and Peace also added that they will remain “alert” due to “transnationals, which act as a state within another state, and have their hands inside.”
Padrino participated on Saturday in a meeting with President Nicolás Maduro, who expressed that his country “is fighting” a “historic battle” to recover Guayana Esequiba (as the Venezuelan Government calls it) and pointed out that Thursday’s meeting in San Vicente and the Grenadines with the Guyanese President Irfaan Ali, was a “special milestone on the road to vindicating” Venezuela’s “historical rights.”
At Thursday’s meeting, both countries pledged to continue “dialogue on any other outstanding matters of mutual importance” and to refrain “whether in word or deed, from escalating any conflict or disagreement arising from any dispute.”
On December 3rd, Venezuela approved in a unilateral referendum -intended as binding – to annex the disputed area, a territory of almost 160,000 square kilometers, and ordered the settlement of a military division near the zone; until now, no raids have happened.EFE