Existing Guyana/ Venezuela border should be respected unless proven otherwise – US Official


The existing land boundary between Guyana and Venezuela, which was settled through the 1899 arbitral award, should be respected unless or until otherwise determined by a competent legal body, a top United States (US) official tweeted.

Brian Nichols, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, tweeted that the US supports a peaceful resolution to the Guyana/ Venezuela border controversy.

He, however, underscored that the existing boundary should be respected until a decision is made at the end of the ongoing legal process.

Venezuela claims that Guyana’s Essequibo region and about 70 per cent of Guyana’s land mass and significant offshore oil reserves belong to it, in contravention of the 1899 arbitral award. After previous attempts at dialogue failed, the controversy has been referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The ICJ already ruled that it has the jurisdiction to hear the border controversy case and received Guyana’s memorial on the merits of its case against Venezuela.

Guyana is seeking a decision that the Arbitral Award of 1899 determining the boundary is valid and binding upon Guyana and Venezuela, and that the boundary established by that Award and the 1905 Agreement demarcating it is the lawful boundary between Guyana and Venezuela.

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  1. Don Gomes says

    RESEARCH the book jai narine singh sr.1899 to 1999 =100 years. 1999 to 2022 =23 years.total 123 years ago….and now in our generation we are dealing with a legal award of that time.
    In 2122….100 years from now, our children and grandchildren and great grand children will look back at our actions with respect to this issue.
    How can we think out of the box here and create a new nation with all the Venezuelans that are scattered all over the world due to the venal body of people who pretend to represent all the people of Venezuela?
    My thoughts today can become a reality in the future way beyond my death.
    I will lobby all Venezuelans to vote maduro and his “government” out of power.I will do my part of educating
    the Venezuelan population that we are a peaceful people and above all to remember that we give them a hand up in their time of crisis.

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