Guyana says it will resist any plans by Venezuela to issue residents in Essequibo with identification cards as the war of words linked to the territorial dispute between the two countries continued unabated.

“We will stoutly resist any effort to have our people issued with cards and things like that, and whatever we need to do as a nation to ensure that we are not distracted in any way from our path of development we are going to do it,” said Minister of State Joseph Harmon, without providing details.

Head of Venezuela’s Office for the Rescue of the Essequibo Retired Army Colonel Pompey Torrealba Rivero said efforts would soon be made to issue Venezuelan identification cards to an estimated 200,000 people born in Essequibo.

Labelling Venezuela’s claim unjust, irrational and outrageous, Harmon said the Guyana government has been engaged in a public awareness campaign to educate Guyanese about Caracas’ geographical and economic aggression against the country.

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