Venezuelan Navy has orders to surveil Atlantic front
Petroleum Advocacy Front protested again the Venezuelan government unresponsiveness
Thirteen days ago, Venezuelan patrol boat Warao visited Margarita Island. It was entrusted with the mission of safeguarding the Venezuelan Atlantic front, sources linked to the Venezuelan Navy reported.
The sources added that the Navy has been instructed to protect the area and do not let any foreign entity in.
The clarification came after the news about the operations conducted by oil companies Exxon Mobil and Shell at the Stabroek bloc, granted by Guyana's government under a concession and including a portion offshore the Venezuelan Delta.
Another source, also linked to the Navy, noted that the Navy has not tracked any signal of oil exploration, which would require the presence of large ships in the area.
Nevertheless, the Guyanese government and multinational contractors have confirmed that a two-dimensional seismic survey would be done, in addition to their plans to complete a three-dimensional survey, ahead of drilling.
In a press release, the Petroleum Advocacy Front, chaired by Aníbal Martínez, ratified "the strong protest made personally on every occasion, in written form and in forums and conferences, against the unresponsiveness from the President of the Republic and the Foreign Minister for more than 10 years, before Guyana; this time with the renewed hostile attempt at awarding oil concessions on the continental shelf of Delta Amacuro state and the Essequibo."
Translated by Conchita Delgado
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."