The U.S. secretary of state has rejected suggestions that President Trump`s administration sees the deal as a means of impeaching the Maduro administration. It certainly could not do it alone, which is not the same as saying that Washington has no greater hope that a number of approaches would not undermine the government of Caracas, one of which implies that it is a narco-terrorist organization. There is no doubt that, from Guyana`s point of view, the agreement offers infinitely greater protection with regard to our maritime space. In addition to the previously mentioned ExxonMobil, there was a notorious incident in Guyana waters that banned Perdana technology, an exploration vessel hired by the American company Anadarko and escorted by the Venezuelan navy to a port in Margarita. Full colonial status may be a non-departure, but a voluntary and beneficial erosion of sovereignty should not be. For example, six of the smallest states in the Eastern Caribbean, under the 1995 agreements, allow U.S. Navy ships to act fully in their territorial waters and undoubtedly calculate that it is better to contract their sovereignty on the part of the Americans than drug traffickers at will. These are versions of the Shiprider agreements with the United States, under which a local official is placed on board a U.S.
Navy or Coast Guard vessel, which allows for better communication and coordination and, most importantly, provides immediate authorization for U.S. movements in territorial waters that would otherwise be outside the borders. Under the 1995 agreements, The Americans can act even if a “boat rider” does not exist or is not available and a “suspicious ship or aircraft” settles in high waters. No matter how it works, the Shiprider agreement is the main product of this unexpected visit. Similarly, the policy towards Cuba, in particular the 1995 immigration agreement between the United States and Cuba, can only be explained (although it may not be defensible) on migration policy. The decades-old policy of granting refugee status and automatic reception to any Cuban who landed in the United States has been dismissed and replaced by previously unthinkable cooperation with the Castro regime to prevent unauthorized travel from Cuba to the United States. What for? In large part because the issue of immigration had become too sensitive in national politics, especially in Florida, to ignore it. And no Guyanese government can forget that Venezuela adopted decree 1787 on 16 May 2015, later amended by the decree of 1859.
As a result of these two claims, our western neighbour illegally claims almost all of the country`s maritime space, while, among the first, it has taken, in addition to Colombia, the EEZ from various territories of Caricom, including Barbados and Suriname. Given that the Americans probably want to afford some cover for ExxonMobil`s activities, the current Shiprider agreement will give Venezuelans a pause for reflection before they aggressively deny themselves in our waters. “The agreement would also require us to take a sailor on a U.S. ship instead of a unilateral agreement on people`s rights to board, pick and seize each other,” Simmons said. “In the current version, we have provided U.S. assistance in the area of money laundering and, through technical assistance, we have helped to put in place a mechanism to ensure that we are better able to monitor, control and crack down on money laundering,” he adds.