posted on Jan, 25 2008 @ 08:04 PM
There are a number of minor border disputes in South America and this situation is typical. Brasil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, and others have long
disputed the exact demarcation of borders. The Acre area, in the Amazon basin, comes to mind as one example.
It is an established fact, that in the case of Guyana/Venezuela, there is indeed a problem with illegal mining operations. Mercury poisoning from
illegal mining is a significant problem and as we all know, poop flows downstream, or in this case across into Venezuela. What should be mentioned is
that Venezuela and Guyana, despite a few border issues, remain strong allies. Venezuela has on a number of occasions come to the aide of Guyana, and
Mercosul is their mutual sandbox. This is a minor dispute between neighbors and is unlikely to become anything bigger.
If outside intervention were to occur, in a political sense, my guess is that the UK would be a logical choice. Guyana has strong ties to the UK. The
US president has personal issues with the leader of Venezuela, and the UK would be more likely to be of assistance, in any negotiations, than Bush
could ever hope. Bush is just trying to make political hay, in a neighborhood where he doesn't need to be meddling.
I certainly do not see Chavez taking any unilateral moves that would lead to more severe situations with Guyana.
[edit on 25/1/08 by Terapin]