DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Venezuela Accuses US of Establishing Secret Bases in Disputed Essequibo Region

Venezuela Accuses US of Establishing Secret Bases in Disputed Essequibo Region

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of setting up "secret" military bases in the disputed Essequibo region, administered by Guyana.

Maduro claimed that these bases, allegedly operated by the US Southern Command and the CIA, were being established as preparations for potential aggression against Venezuela. The Essequibo region, rich in oil resources, has long been contested between Venezuela and Guyana.

Venezuela's parliament recently commemorated a law aimed at defending Guyana Essequibo, following a referendum in which Venezuelans voted overwhelmingly for the creation of a Venezuelan province in the disputed area.

Maduro also criticized Guyana's President Irfaan Ali, accusing him of being under the influence of the Southern Command, CIA, and ExxonMobil, the US-based energy company involved in oil exploration in Essequibo.

While both the United States and Guyana have stated their commitment to peaceful resolution of the border dispute, tensions have escalated, with recent joint military drills between the US and Guyana. Additionally, the arrival of a British warship in Guyana waters has further heightened tensions in the region.

The Essequibo region, historically a British and Dutch colony, holds significant strategic importance due to its oil and gas reserves. The territorial dispute has been referred to the International Court of Justice in The Hague for resolution.

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