… warns Venezuela against any unilateral actions following communiqué
Guyana reserves right to pursue economic development – Pres Ali responds to Venezuela’s threats – Guyana Times
Just hours after Venezuela issued a communique against the recently concluded bid round of Guyana’s oil blocks’ auction, President Dr Irfaan Ali has rejected Venezuelan utterances and warned against any unilateral actions.
President Ali has since issued a response rejecting Venezuela’s utterances. In the statement, the President made it clear that Guyana reserves the right to conduct the auction on any portion of its sovereign territory.
In addition, Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Amanza Walton-Desir in a statement noted that the APNU/AFC parliamentary Opposition supports the position taken by the Government of Guyana in response to the latest attempt by Venezuela to undermine our sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Guyana’s legal team is headed by Co-Agent and Counsel, Sir Shridath Ramphal, and includes a member of the Bars of the United States Supreme Court and the District of Columbia, Paul S Reichler; and Professor Emeritus of the University Paris Nanterre, former Chairman of the International Law Commission and member of the Institute de Droit International, Alain Pellet
Among other things, Guyana is asking the ICJ to adjudge and declare that the 1899 Award is valid and binding upon Guyana and Venezuela, that Venezuela is internationally responsible for violations of Guyana’s sovereignty and sovereign rights, and for all injuries suffered by Guyana as a consequence.
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