Guyana asks ICJ to stop Venezuela’s provocative referendum over Essequibo – Guyana Times
Guyana has approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking an injunction from the world court to prevent Venezuela from taking actions through its provocative referendum over Guyana’s territory – Essequibo.
Guyana is also seeking the court’s intervention against question three, which asks the Venezuelan people not to recognise the ICJ’s jurisdiction, even though the court had thrown out Venezuela’s previous attempt to get the court not to accept jurisdiction over the case.
“In that Request, Guyana seeks from the Court an Order preventing Venezuela from taking any action to seize, acquire or encroach upon, or assert or exercise sovereignty over, the Essequibo Region or any other part of Guyana’s national territory, pending the Court’s final determination of the validity of the Arbitral Award that established the land boundary between our two States, and the final and binding nature of that boundary.”
After a failed good offices process between the two South American neighbours, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in 2018 had referred the border controversy to be resolved by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
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