Opposition deputy: The Venezuelan gov't targets gold to negotiate debt
Venezuela's opposition deputy Américo De Grazia dismissed China-Venezuela agreement over gold mines
Venezuelan authorities "are seeking the highest bidder and they have found it. That is why we have regarded this as a fraud against the nation," De Grazia remarked, adding that the "government has plans to use the natural resource as a means to negotiate its own debt."
The opposition leader stressed that said negotiation "is by no means beneficial for Venezuela and will rather lead to increased debt or could be used to pay the current debt with gold and diamonds (...)."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.