GUYANA - Venezuela Claims 74% of Territory

Arno Froese

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s announcement of a referendum to annex 74% of Guyana’s land has triggered international alarm.

Guyana’s sovereignty is challenged by the aggressive Venezuelan territorial claim. The country is the fastest-growing economy in the world.

The disputed Esequibo region, administered by Guyana, is at the heart of this conflict. It spans 160,000 square kilometers, making up a significant part of Guyana’s territory.

Guyana insists on the validity of the 1897 Washington Treaty, which established the borderline with Venezuela in 1899.

This agreement was recognized internationally for over six decades.

Guyana’s discovery of significant oil reserves has increased the area’s strategic importance, making the dispute more than a matter of historical claims.

International treaties, like the 1897 Washington Treaty, play a crucial role in such disputes. However, their effectiveness depends on mutual recognition and respect.

How the international community responds to this situation could influence future territorial disputes worldwide.

The resolution of this conflict will likely have long-term implications for regional stability and international law.

-www.riotimesonline.com, 13 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

This confrontation looks like David against Goliath. Guyana’s population is under 800,000, of which 34.8% are Evangelical Christians. Economically, the country is listed as the fastest growing in the world at 44% in 2020, and 20% in 2021. 

Venezuela, according to a Google search, has a population density of 30.9 people per square kilometer, while Guyana’s population density is only 3.7 people per square kilometer. Will Venezuela take claim of part of Guyana’s territory? Time will tell. 

Conflicts like these are nothing new. In the past, the unwritten law was “winner takes all.” That, however, seems to have changed with the establishment of the State of Israel. Territory conquered during war is now considered “occupied territory.” 

Here we point to Matthew 24:7: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” That will continue until the Prince of Peace returns to Jerusalem.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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