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Venezuela reiterates rejection of ICJ ruling on the Essequibo

  • Written by Prensa Latina
  • Published in Latin America
Featured Venezuela reiterates rejection of ICJ ruling on the Essequibo
Caracas, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rejected Saturday the interpretation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the 1966 Geneva Agreement regarding the unilateral lawsuit of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana against Venezuela.

Through his account on the social network Twitter, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that 'the interpretation (...) ignores the spirit of equity and the fundamental search for conciliation between the parties, as the Agreement was conceived.'


On December 18, with 12 votes in favor and four against, the ICJ declared itself competent to hear the dispute over the Essequibo territory that Venezuela and Guyana have maintained for more than 100 years, and through an official statement the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry established position before the international community regarding the sentence.

The text repudiates the ruling issued in the aforementioned terms, while claiming, once again, the validity of the Geneva Agreement.

'Venezuela has been and is willing to surrender to such friendly negotiations to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement,' said Caracas, noting the inability of the judicial process to reach a practical solution for both parties.

The Venezuelan government asserted that it will continue to exercise its just claim on territorial integrity, and proposed the beginning of direct talks with the Guyanese authorities, in accordance with international law.

The Paris Arbitration Award of October 3, 1899 was the verdict issued by a tribunal created two years earlier, in which the United States (representing the Venezuelan side) and the United Kingdom submitted the border dispute to international arbitration.

The ruling was favorable to the British government, awarding it more than 159 thousand square kilometers of territory west of the Essequibo River.

Venezuela protested considering that there were nullity defects in the decision. However, it was not until 1962 that tangible progress was made following the discovery of documents that compromised its legality.

The admission of Venezuela's claim to the United Nations Organization led to the signing of the aforementioned 1966 agreement, according to which the region would remain under the control of Guyana, which received its independence that same year.

However, the treaty recognized the Venezuelan claim to sovereignty over the Essequibo and forced the signatory states to find a conclusive, peaceful and honorable solution for both parties, through political negotiation.
Last modified onMonday, 28 December 2020 12:52
  • Countries: Guyana