Venezuela begins cutting ties with Guyana; warns it won’t back down in border dispute

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 6, 2015. Maduro announced Monday that Venezuela is recalling its ambassador in Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border and that he is also initiating a comprehensive review of relations with the much smaller neighbor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)


Caribbean360 Reports: CARACAS, Venezuela, Wednesday July 8, 2015 – “We are victims of dispossession. I say this to our friends and also to our enemies: No one will ever get Venezuela to renounce her historical rights to the Essequibo.”

With those words, and the announcement that Venezuela is recalling its ambassador in Guyana Reyna Margarita Arratia, reviewing relations with that CARICOM nation, and scaling down embassy staff in Georgetown, President Nicolás Maduro sent a strong message to his neighbour that his country would not be backing down from its claims of maritime territory.

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