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World Guyana says Venezuela detained two fishing vessels in its waters

17:36  24 january  2021
17:36  24 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Venezuela said it legitimately detained the vessel for operating without authorization in its waters . Its government said the ship, Teknik Perdana, was The two countries have been disputing their land and ocean borders for decades. The government of Guyana said it has expressed its "grave

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GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - Guyana said late on Saturday that a Venezuelan navy vessel detained two vessels that were fishing in Guyana's exclusive economic zone, the latest dispute in a long-running border conflict between the two South American nations.

a small boat in a large body of water: FILE PHOTO: Small fishing boats pass in front of a cargo ship in Georgetown © Reuters/Carlo Allegri FILE PHOTO: Small fishing boats pass in front of a cargo ship in Georgetown

Caracas says much of eastern Guyana is its own territory, a claim that is rejected by Georgetown. The conflict has flared up in recent years as Guyana has started developing oil reserves near the disputed area.

"The Venezuelan vessel was illegally manoeuvring within Guyana's EEZ and Contiguous Zone when it intercepted, boarded and commandeered the Guyanese fishing vessels," Guyana's foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Venezuela said it legitimately detained the vessel for operating without authorization in its waters . Its government said the ship, Teknik Perdana, was expected to arrive on Margarita Island on Saturday. Guyana said the crew was well within its territorial waters but that the Venezuelan navy informed

The Venezuelan action came less than a month after Exxon Mobil said it had made a "significant" discovery in an offshore concession granted by Guyana . Guyana 's foreign ministry charged that the Venezuelan decree was a violation of international law and a threat to regional peace and security.

"Guyana condemns in the strongest possible terms this wanton act of aggression by the Venezuelan armed forces against Guyana and Guyanese citizens."

The vessels were intercepted on Thursday and taken to Venezuela's port city of Guiria, where the crew and ships were detained, the statement said.

Venezuela's information ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Exclusive Economic Zones, or EEZs, are maritime areas in which countries have special rights with regards to the exploration and use of marine resources. They generally extend 200 miles off the coast.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month issued a decree creating a "Strategic Zone for the Development of the Atlantic Facade" in an area that Guyana says encompasses its EEZ and its territorial waters.

(Reporting by Neil Marks and Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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