Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, has expressed concern for the safety and security of officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission following an incident involving Venezuelan military personnel in the Cuyuni River yesterday afternoon.
The GGMC officials were on a regular inspection exercise in Arau area and were returning to Eteringbang on the Cuyuni River when shots were fired across the bow of the boat they were travelling in.
Kaieteur News understands that the incident occurred near a Venezuelan military checkpoint in the river, which is shared by Guyana and the neighbouring Bolivarian Republic.
Reports reaching this newspaper stated that boats passing through that area in the river are normally stopped and checked by the Venezuelan authorities.
Yesterday around, 16:00 hours the GGMC officials were traversing the Cuyuni River when they heard gunshots.
Police Divisional Commander, Ravindradat Budhram told this newspaper that based on the reports he received, the officials were forced to stop and after identifying themselves to the Venezuelan military personnel, they were allowed to continue on their journey.
Fortunately no one was injured.
The incident came at a time when the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela is raising its head again.
“My main concern is for the safety and security of the GGMC officers. They were on a regular inspection exercise in the area and returning on the Cuyuni River when shots were fired across the bow of the boat they were travelling in. I would expect that Ministry of Foreign Affairs and GDF would conduct investigations and lodge the necessary protests,” Minister Trotman told this newspaper last night.
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