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Police Force strengthens presence in border communities

More Guyanese police have been deployed to its western border with neighbouring Venezuela to support Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldiers there, amid weeks of increased tension over the territorial controversy sparked by fears of the seizure of Essequibo County. “As we speak, the police and members of the Joint Services are working very hard and we’ve built our capacity at ...

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Brazil, US, OAS Secretary General urge peaceful resolution of Guyana-Venezuela territorial controversy

Amid concerns by Guyana that Venezuela’s military is increasing activity on their side of the border, Brazil and the United States (US) on Wednesday reiterated at the Organisation of American States (OAS) that there must be a peaceful settlement of the territorial controversy over the Essequibo county. US Ambassador to the OAS, Francisco Mora told the OAS’ Permanent Council that ...

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Govt wary of national security risks of Venezuelans coming here

Wary of the security risks of the Venezuelan government using the exodus of refugees to infiltrate this country with military personnel and spies as part of more aggressive efforts to seize Guyana’s county of Essequibo, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo said Guyana’s security personnel were screening people arriving here. “The security forces are taking that concern seriously – the one raised- ...

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Jagdeo hails Luncheon’s role in national security during violent crime spree

General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday night hailed the significant contribution of late high-level government and party loyalist, Dr Roger Luncheon, to the security stability of Guyana at a time when the government could not have relied on the leadership of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). Addressing a ‘Night of Reflections’ on the life ...

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Guyana, France, Suriname sign cooperation agreement; Guyana mum on details

Guyana, France and Suriname have agreed to improve cross-border security and combat climate change, but so far the Guyana government has been mum on the accord. Guyana’s Prime Minister Mark Phillips attended the Strategic Dialogue in Cayenne, French Guiana from August 25 to 27, 2021, and signed the cooperation agreement. French Guiana is an overseas Department of France. However, the ...

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GDF Coast Guard to get more vessels this year

President Irfaan Ali on Saturday announced that the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Coast Guard would before year-end be acquiring more Coast Guard vessels, and a team is set to leave for the United States (US) on Monday to examine what is available. He said the team would leave on Monday to inspect the performance of Coast Guard vessels that have ...

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US wants to address security concerns with Guyana- Biden tells Ali

United States President Joseph Biden is keen on strengthening cooperation with Guyana in the area of security. He made known his position in a congratulatory  note to President Irfaan Ali to mark Guyana’s 51st Republic Anniversary being observed on Tuesday. “In the year ahead, I look forward to our teams addressing the issues and security concerns that threaten our shared ...

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Venezuelan armed gang opens fire on Guyanese police, soldiers

Members of a Venezuelan sindicato gang opened fire on a joint patrol of Guyanese police and soldiers on the Cuyuni River, the Guyana Defence Force said. The army said no one was injured during the incident that occurred on the bordering river on Wednesday, September 23. “None of the ranks received injuries and they returned fire,” the GDF said. The ...

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Lusignan Prison to be expanded

The Lusignan Prison, where there have been untests including a recent devastating fire, is to be expanded as a priority project, authorities said. “High on the agenda will be the construction of additional areas so that social distancing can be practiced, and better supervision and management of the prisoners can be conducted,” the Guyana Prison Service said in a statement. ...

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Disciplined services early voting today

Early voting on Friday in Guyana’s general elections is underway by members of the disciplined services ahead of the nationally-scheduled date for polling because they will be required to maintain law and order while civilians vote on March 2 and the country awaits the results which can take as many as five days. The Guyana Elections Commission says 10,226 personnel ...

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December 2023