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UPDATE: Brazil Reinforces Its Borders Amid Venezuela-Guyana Tensions
Troops Deploy To Boa Visa
In response to escalating tensions between Venezuela and Guyana over Venezuela's claim to the Esequibo region, Brazil's military is reinforcing its northern border, the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday, December 5.
The Brazilian army is deploying additional troops and armored vehicles to Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state, which shares borders with both Venezuela and Guyana. This move comes after Venezuelans voted in a referendum on Sunday to approve the annexation of the Essequibo.
According to a military source, the four-wheel drive Guaicuru armored vehicles will join the upgraded 18th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment, bringing the total force to 600 soldiers. The purpose of this reinforcement is to enhance border security and intensify surveillance to prevent any unexpected incidents.
"Our territory will not be exploited by either side," stated an army officer.
The region in question spans an area of 160,000 square kilometers (61,776 square miles), making it more than twice the size of Ireland and predominantly covered by dense jungle. Venezuela has reasserted its claim over the Esequibo in recent years following the discovery of offshore oil and gas reserves.
Gisela Padovan, Brazil's top diplomat for Latin America and the Caribbean, expressed her concern about the situation. She pointed out that the main road connecting Venezuela and Guyana passes through Brazilian territory due to the difficult terrain of the Esequibo. However, she emphasized that Brazil would not accept the use of its territory for any military actions.
"We do not believe that it will escalate into an armed conflict," Padovan stated in an interview on Monday, urging a peaceful resolution.
In the referendum held on Sunday, Venezuelan voters rejected the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in their country's territorial dispute with Guyana. Instead, they supported the creation of a new Venezuelan state in the potentially oil-rich Esequibo region.
On Friday, the court issued a prohibition on Venezuela from taking any action that could further escalate tensions in the area. This decision underscores the international community's efforts to prevent a potential conflict.
As tensions continue to rise, Brazil remains vigilant and committed to maintaining stability along its northern border. The reinforcement of troops and armored vehicles in Boa Vista demonstrates Brazil's determination to protect its territorial integrity and contribute to a peaceful resolution of the situation.