Guyana urges U.S. military to help defend its borders after Venezuela staked ... trends now
President Biden and his administration are monitoring the situation in Venezuela and warning against any violence after the Maduro regime has made moves toward annexation of territory while neighboring Guyana pleas for political support.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby spoke about the increasingly tense situation at the White House Wednesday after a referendum in Venezuela for annexing potentially oil rich territory from neighboring Guyana, a neighboring South American Country on the Caribbean.
'It's concerning. We're watching this very, very closely as I said, I think last week,' Kirby said.
'The arbitral decision needs to be respected. We obviously don't want to see any violence occur here or conflict occur. And we're obviously in touch with all our partners,' he added.
Kirby was referencing a more than 100 year old agreement establishing the territorial line between the two nations.
'We obviously don't want to see any violence occur here,' national security spokesman Adm. John Kirby told reporters Wednesday when asked about a potential move by Venezuela to try to annex disputed territory from Guyana
The government of Venezuela's left wing dictator Nicolas Maduro has provided repeated indications it is preparing for potential action. He published a new map showing two thirds of neighboring Guyana 'reclaimed' by Caracas - raising fears he could launch an invasion.
Such a move would come at a time when the world is focused on Israel's war with Hamas, while Biden struggles to persuade Republicans in Congress to advance billions in critical military aid to assist Ukraine, which continues to battle Russia following its 2022 invasion of territory.
Asked if Biden was dialed into the issue and if the administration viewed annexation as a credible threat, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told DailyMail.com, 'I'm not going to go beyond what the Admiral said from here.'
'Obviously, the President is aware of what's going on,' she said, declining to go further.
Brazil communicated its own 'serious preoccupations,' with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's top foreign policy advisor Celso Amorim telling Reuters that Brazil opposes 'the use of force or threat thereof.'
Guyana's president Irfaan Ali urged allies including the U.S. to help deter a potential move.
'Our first line of defense is diplomacy," he told CBS News. He said Guyana appealed to the U.S. as well as India and Cuba in hopes 'they can encourage Venezuela to do what is right, and ensure that they do not act in a reckless or adventurous manner that could disrupt the pace within this zone.'
"But we are also preparing for the worst case scenario ... We are preparing with our allies, with our friends, to ensure that we are in a position to defend what is ours,"
Tensions were escalating between the two countries Wednesday as Caracas proposed a bill to create a Venezuelan province in a disputed oil-rich region and ordered the state-owned energy companies to 'immediately' begin exploration in the area.
'Obviously, the President is aware of what's going on,' White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told DailyMail.com when asked if they administration viewed actual annexation as a credible threat
Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, is seen on Tuesday holding up his new map of the region - showing Guyana Esequiba, a region which is the size of Florida, under Venezuelan control
Guyanese President Irfaan Ali called Maduro's statements a 'direct threat' against his country, and rejected the measures announced by his counterpart, who counts Iran, China and Russia among his allies.
Venezuela has claimed Guyana's Esequiba region for over 100 years, ever since the border of the present-day country was drawn up, in 1899.
But on Sunday, with his own popularity falling in the face of a newly-unified opposition, Maduro organized a 'referendum' on whether to pursue Venezuela's claim to the territory.
Voters were asked if they agreed with creating a Venezuelan state in the Esequiba region, providing its population with Venezuelan citizenship, and 'incorporating that state into the map of Venezuelan territory.'
The Maduro-controlled Venezuelan National Electoral Council said voters chose 'yes' more than 95 percent of the time on each of five questions on the ballot, and on Tuesday Maduro published his new map.
Alexis Rodríguez Cabello, left, is seen applauding as Maduro on Tuesday sent him to