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Venezuela will hold a referendum on the annexation of part of Guyana

Dec 3, 2023

On December 3, Venezuela is preparing to hold a referendum on the annexation of a part of neighboring Guyana. The UN asks to refrain from any actions that could escalate the conflict.


This is reported by RBC-Ukraine concerning Deutsche Welle.

In recent days, the dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has been heating up. The countries dispute over the Essequibo region, which is rich in significant oil deposits.

During the Spanish colonial era, Madrid claimed ownership of the region within Venezuela's borders, but this move was not recognized by other colonial powers, including Great Britain and the Netherlands.

In 1899, when Guyana was under British rule, a tribunal supported by the US and Russia ruled that control of the region should belong to Great Britain.

Venezuela has continued to lay claim to the region for the past few decades, and the dispute escalated after US oil giant ExxonMobil discovered oil in Essequibo in 2015.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 03/12/2023

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