Breaking News--Guyana files Venezuela border controversy case with ICJ.

March 29 2018

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Registrar of the International Court of Justice, Philippe Couvreur (l) and Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (r) (Ministry of Foreign Affairs photo)tured

 

This story is developing and will be updated.

In a historic step, Guyana today filed its application to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) requesting that it confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award on the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said that the application follows the decision by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to choose the ICJ as the next means of resolving the controversy following Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 was null and void.

The application could bring a decisive end to the controversy which has dogged Guyana since its independence and has been exploited by Venezuela to prevent investment in the county of Essequibo.

The statement said that in its application to the Holland-based court, Guyana highlighted that Venezuela had for more than 60 years “consistently recognized and respected the validity and binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 Map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the Award”.

The statement added that Venezuela had only altered its position formally in 1962 as the United Kingdom was making final preparations for the independence of British Guiana and “had threatened not to recognize the new State, or its boundaries, unless the United Kingdom agreed to set aside the 1899 Award and cede to Venezuela all of the territory west of the Essequibo River, amounting to some two-thirds of Guyana’s territory”.

According to the statement, Guyana’s application notes that while Venezuela has never produced any evidence to substantiate its belated repudiation of the 1899 Award, “it has used it as an excuse to occupy territory awarded to Guyana in 1899, to inhibit Guyana’s economic development and to violate Guyana’s sovereignty and sovereign rights”.

The statement asserted that the UN Secretary-General’s authority to choose the ICJ – based in The Hague – as a means of resolving the controversy is based on the Geneva Agreement of 1966 which was negotiated just before Guyana gained independence.

On January 30th 2018, Guterres concluded that the Good Offices process which the two countries had engaged in for almost 30 years had failed to achieve a solution to the controversy and therefore chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement.

The application was handed over to Registrar of the ICJ, Philippe Couvreur by Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge who will function as Guyana’s Agent in the proceedings before the court.

According to Greenidge, in filing its application, Guyana has respected the Secretary-General’s decision and placed its faith in the ICJ to “resolve the controversy in accordance with its Statute and jurisprudence, based on the fundamental principles of international law, including the sanctity of treaties, the maintenance of settled boundaries and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States”.

 

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Sure is, the 18 Mil U.S. means no border controversy over oil exploration. But, if Guyana will seek the best international attorneys money can buy, Venezuela may do the same. I understand if the ICJ rule in favor of Guyana, Venezuela is not obligated to abide by the ruling. So, what's your expert opinion on the matter now that the case finally in the International court?

Prince posted:

Sure is, the 18 Mil U.S. means no border controversy over oil exploration. But, if Guyana will seek the best international attorneys money can buy, Venezuela may do the same. I understand if the ICJ rule in favor of Guyana, Venezuela is not obligated to abide by the ruling. So, what's your expert opinion on the matter now that the case finally in the International court?

I putting meh money pan Exxon!

If Venez try any shit Uncle Nehru will be there with his Bazooka. Not a friggin blade of grass!!!!

Bunham said at Nat Park that if Venez take ova dem Gal saltfish gun be in trouble, then he told Patrick Yard no 14 per day minimum wage or I gun salt yuh fish.):

Prince posted:

Sure is, the 18 Mil U.S. means no border controversy over oil exploration. But, if Guyana will seek the best international attorneys money can buy, Venezuela may do the same. I understand if the ICJ rule in favor of Guyana, Venezuela is not obligated to abide by the ruling. So, what's your expert opinion on the matter now that the case finally in the International court?

That's the big question. I have a really bad feeling that if the ruling is in favor of Guyana, Maduro might do what Galtieri did in Argentina when they invaded the Malvina/Falkland islands. He might try to rally the Venezuelans under national pride and try to distract them from the failing economy.

Baseman posted:

If the ruling is in favor of Guyana, any action by Venezuela in contradiction would be deemed illegal.  Russia will encourage them to accept.  If they don’t, Trump will end the regime!

That's right. Trump got the devil...John Bolton the counter brush mustache man.

skeldon_man posted:
Baseman posted:

If the ruling is in favor of Guyana, any action by Venezuela in contradiction would be deemed illegal.  Russia will encourage them to accept.  If they don’t, Trump will end the regime!

That's right. Trump got the devil...John Bolton the counter brush mustache man.

By the time this ruling is out, mustache man would be seeking employment unless the ruling comes within a month or so.

Baseman posted:

If the ruling is in favor of Guyana, any action by Venezuela in contradiction would be deemed illegal.  Russia will encourage them to accept.  If they don’t, Trump will end the regime!

That's right. They got the war monger Mustache Brush, Bolton.

Reclamacion is also on the minds of the American-backed right in Venezuela.  The present gov't.  in Venezuela is certainly not in favor with the US but don't count on the Americans to pummel them in the interest of Guyana. Whether Maduro stay or go Guyana still have a problem with Venezuela.

skeldon_man posted:
Baseman posted:

If the ruling is in favor of Guyana, any action by Venezuela in contradiction would be deemed illegal.  Russia will encourage them to accept.  If they don’t, Trump will end the regime!

That's right. They got the war monger Mustache Brush, Bolton.

He will eventually get fired.  Trump talk tough but don’t really intend to do all he rants about. Some things he do follow through with, such as the Syrian strikes for using nerve agents.  He will only attack if the USA is attacked.  The mustashe man is dangerous and will run amok of trump soon.  

Billy Ram Balgobin posted:

Reclamacion is also on the minds of the American-backed right in Venezuela.  The present gov't.  in Venezuela is certainly not in favor with the US but don't count on the Americans to pummel them in the interest of Guyana. Whether Maduro stay or go Guyana still have a problem with Venezuela.

But what could they do if the ICJ rules in Guyana’s favor?

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