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Venezuela: Prosecutor to investigate Guaido for alleged Esequibo territory negotiations

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
September 06, 2019 at 19:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation against opposition leader Juan Guaido and his associates Vanessa Neumann and Manuel Avendano for the alleged negotiation to hand over the Esequibo territory, currently in a dispute with Guyana, to transnational corporations and the United States Government. The announcement was made by Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab at the Caracas Public Prosecutor's Office on Friday.

Saab said the defendants participated in "illegal negotiations, behind the back of the country, which seeks to desist from Venezuela's historic claim to the Esequibo territory" with the aim of gaining "political support from the United Kingdom. For an obviously buffoonish, circus, non-existent, ghostly virtual presidency.

The Esequibo territory is a 160,000 square kilometer area rich in minerals and forests, located in southeastern Venezuela. Oil fields were recently found there, which having a geographical position with access to the Caribbean Sea and the delta of the Orinoco River makes it a place of interest. It was controlled by the Spanish Empire, the Dutch Empire and finally by the British Empire, which committed itself in 1897 with Venezuela to resolve the dispute in international tribunals.

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The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation against opposition leader Juan Guaido and his associates Vanessa Neumann and Manuel Avendano for the alleged negotiation to hand over the Esequibo territory, currently in a dispute with Guyana, to transnational corporations and the United States Government. The announcement was made by Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab at the Caracas Public Prosecutor's Office on Friday.

Saab said the defendants participated in "illegal negotiations, behind the back of the country, which seeks to desist from Venezuela's historic claim to the Esequibo territory" with the aim of gaining "political support from the United Kingdom. For an obviously buffoonish, circus, non-existent, ghostly virtual presidency.

The Esequibo territory is a 160,000 square kilometer area rich in minerals and forests, located in southeastern Venezuela. Oil fields were recently found there, which having a geographical position with access to the Caribbean Sea and the delta of the Orinoco River makes it a place of interest. It was controlled by the Spanish Empire, the Dutch Empire and finally by the British Empire, which committed itself in 1897 with Venezuela to resolve the dispute in international tribunals.

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SOT, Tarek William Saab, Venezuelan Attorney (Spanish): "We initiated an investigation against the citizens Juan Guaido, Vanessa Neumann, Manuel Avendano, for being allegedly involved in an illegal negotiation behind the back of the country, as I said initially, which seeks to withdraw nothing more and nothing less than the historic claim that our country has on the territory Esequibo. In exchange for what? You see, in exchange for political support from the United Kingdom. For an obviously buffoonish, circus, non-existent, ghostly virtual presidency.”

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SOT, Tarek William Saab, Venezuelan Attorney (Spanish): "Many of these people work for foreign governments, already settled in foreign countries, to which they have been assigned as some kind of ambassadors, others to recover assets, actually it will be to steal them, the Venezuelan assets. Others to negotiate the debt, others to handle the oil issue. So it is unusual that this type of people now have authority, which the National Assembly gives them in disregard, so that they can scrap our wealth, our sovereignty without having the legitimacy, the institutional [authority]."

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