President David Granger welcomes UN’s referral of Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to ICJ

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 30, 2018) The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has welcomed the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Antonio Gutteres to refer the controversy arising out of the claim by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Guyana’s territory, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

In special address to the nation, this evening, President David Granger said that “Guyana remains confident in the correctness of its case. Guyana looks forward to the reaffirmation of the validity of the 1899 Arbitral Award before the International Court of Justice.”

The Head of State reminded that Guyana’s position has always been that the basis of the controversy is a legal question, which should be resolved peacefully and conclusively through a legal process. The controversy arose out of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award was null and void. “Guyana will take all the necessary steps to ensure that its national patrimony will be protected for all time. Guyana remains committed to the peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for international agreements and treaties and to maintaining friendly relations with its neighbours,” President Granger said.

Moreover, he informed that, “Guyana will pursue the path ahead in furtherance of the preservation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity with quiet confidence and with the assurance in ever improving relations with its neighbours, Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela.”

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