The International Court of Justice will on the 18th December hand down its ruling on the question of whether it has jurisdiction in the case that Guyana filed against Venezuela seeking to confirm full legal validity of the 1899 Arbitral Award which established the international boundary between Guyana and Venezuela.
Arguments in the case were presented to the Court by a high level battery of lawyers representing Guyana back in June.
The Venezuelan government did not put forward arguments, claiming that it does not recognize that the Court has jurisdiction to hear the matter.
During the hearing back in June, Guyana laid out how the boundary with Venezuela was established by an arbitral tribunal constituted pursuant to a treaty concluded by Venezuela and Great Britain in 1897.
Guyana has maintained that it has no doubt that the Court has jurisdiction to resolve the controversy that has plagued its relations with Venezuela and undermined its ability to develop its sovereign territory and natural resources.
The move to the International Court was initiated under the APNU+AFC government after the UN Secretary-General advised that the International Court be the one to make a final determination of the matter following a number of failed attempts at the UN Good Offices process.
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