The International Court of Justice will this week receive statements from Guyana’s legal team in the ongoing border case against Venezuela.
Guyana will be submitting its memorial on Tuesday in accordance with the schedule set by the International Court of Justice to hear the case on the merits of Guyana’s application concerning the validity of the Arbitral Award of 1899 and the related question of the definitive settlement of the land boundary between the two countries.
In March 2018, Guyana filed its application with the ICJ to confirm the validity and binding effect of the Arbitral Award of 1899.
At the recently concluded CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Belize, CARICOM leaders were briefed on the issue and again threw their full support behind Guyana who is seeking a judicial settlement.
“Heads of Government reiterated their full support for the ongoing judicial process that is intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long-standing controversy between the two countries and urged Venezuela to participate in the process. Heads of Government reaffirmed their firm and unwavering support for the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana,” CARICOM leaders said in a joint Communique following their meeting in Belize.
While Venezuela was a part of the case management process, its Vice President Delcy Rodríguez has told the ICJ that her country’s participation was as a courtesy, not as a party in this procedure.
Venezuela’s long-held position is that the Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case but even if Venezuela does not make a submission, the Court is expected to still make a ruling since it was already established that it has jurisdiction to hear the case.