SAN JUAN – After recent terrorist attacks in France and Mali, the government of Guyana announced Wednesday the start of a seven-month security exercise to avert possible threats.
“Terrorism has no defined borders, terrorism can occur anywhere. We are not immune from that and therefore, it would be remiss of a government if it does not put into place arrangements which will secure its citizenry, and so we are not waiting for something to happen,” Minister of State Joseph Harmon said in a statement.
The campaign will see an increase in the number of defense force members and law enforcement officials at key locations in Guyana even as voters in neighboring Venezuela prepare to go to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections.
Venezuela and Guyana have had a long-simmering dispute over the Essequibo region, which is administered by Georgetown but claimed by Caracas.
“Therefore, we always have to be on the alert for these things that are occurring on our borders,” the minister said.