The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) has said that it has activated a heliport which they say is intended to offer greater facilities for the development of Guayana Esquiba, “in compliance with the mandate of the people from the referendum made last December 3.”
According to a Venezuelan government website, the heliport will allow the landing and offloading of helicopters, as well as the transfer of personnel and strategic material.
“In development of our Guayana Esequiba,” was the message posted by the Ceofanb commander, GJ Domingo Antonio Hernández Lárez, which was accompanied by several images of the heliport.
Engineering, topographic lifting, deforestation and removal of obstacles have been carried out for weeks according to the government “on instructions issued by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro.”
President Maduro, just two days after the consultation on the Essequibo territory, announced various measures in compliance with the popular will expressed in the referendum according to them, but which most of the world believe was rigged. Among these measures, he ordered the FANB to settle directly in the territory adjacent to Guyana, designating as the Sole Authority of Guayana Esequiba mayor Alexis Rodriguez Cabello and temporarily install the capital in Tumeremo, in the Sifontes municipality of Bolivar state.
In the area, the representative also ordered the installation of a Comprehensive Defense Zone (Zodi).
The Ceofanb commander reported on his account on the social network X that, as part of the integration for the development of the region, works of different types have begun. These works include the repair of tracks and the culmination of an airfield in a key strategic area for the country.
In addition, they are contemplating the adaptation and construction of a school, an ambulatory and a training court in the municipality of Sifontes.
According to the government media, “Venezuela reaffirms its firm disposition to defend, by the legal authorities agreed in the Geneva Agreement signed with the United Kingdom on February 17, 1966, that the Essequibo territory belongs to Venezuela.”