Venezuela’s national referendum questions on Essequibo region amount to annexation of Guyana’s territory – Guyana Times
The Government of Guyana on Monday evening, said that it has taken careful note of the issuance by the National Electoral Council of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela of five questions to be asked in the national referendum scheduled for December 3, 2023.
“The Government of Guyana categorically rejects any attempt to undermine the territorial integrity of the sovereign State of Guyana. The Government finds abhorrent that the Essequibo region which forms part of the territory of Guyana in accordance with the 1899 Arbitral Award that demarcated the boundaries of the States of Venezuela and then British Guiana, should be ‘created’ into a State within Venezuela,” the Government of Guyana’s statement read.
“The people of Guyana remain resolute against any threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country. Neither the Government or the people of one country have the right in international law to seize, annexe or take the territory of another country. International law emphatically prohibits this,” the statement read.
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“To this end, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation requested today an explanation of the Venezuelan Ambassador who claimed that the mobilisation of troops was geared towards curbing illegal mining operations,” the Government said in its statement on October 18.
However, Guyana currently has a case against Venezuela before the International Court of Justice (ICJ)… a case the Spanish-speaking country has been seeking to block, including by using spurious arguments such as claiming that the 1899 Arbitral Award is void. The ICJ has already ruled, however, that it has the jurisdiction to hear the case.
He resorted to judicial settlement after the good offices process between Guyana and Venezuela failed. Within the framework of the 1966 Geneva Agreement between the two countries, the Secretary General conducted good offices from 1990 to 2017 to find a solution to the border controversy.
Guyana has meanwhile received consistent support from the international community, against Venezuela’s intimidation tactics. Support has come from the United States (US), Caricom, the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the Commonwealth.
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