Border case could be “a matter of years” – Sir Shridath Ramphal

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By Devina Samaroo

Foreign Policy Expert Sir Shridath Ramphal has explained that it could be a “matter of years” for the Guyana/Venezuela border case to be determined at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“It can depend on what Venezuela ultimately does. That can determine the length of the time, the character of the proceedings; it could be shorter if they persist in saying that they’re not involved.

“If they change their minds and it is a full-fledged hearing, then it could be longer, but you’re talking of a matter of years,” Sir Shridath told reporters during an interview at the 2018 GIPEX Summit at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Sir Shridath, who has considerable experience on the issue, noted that Guyana can approach the court for a binding ruling even if Venezuela refuses to participate.

In moving forward, the renowned Guyanese diplomat said it is “very important” that “we are not celebratory” and that “we are going to be modest, serious and professional.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has referred the long-running controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge recently assured that the Guyana Government is in full preparation mode to head to the World Court.

He explained that the Government has to make decisions on how and when to approach the ICJ.

“That has to be done after further reflection and consultation with the United Nations and the Court,” Minister Greenidge had stated.

He explained that a delegation from the Foreign Affairs Ministry comprising of legal minds worked late hours to map out broad options including issues that need “immediate attention” and those which need to go to the Cabinet for “policy” and “guidance.”

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