The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to deliver its judgement on the preliminary objections raised by Venezuela in the border controversy case that was filed by Guyana this week.
Although Venezuela, questioned the jurisdiction of the Court to hear and determine the border matter, it asked the very Court to throw out Guyana’s case.
Venezuela has put forward the argument that the Court should not entertain Guyana’s substantive application on several grounds. Among those grounds is that Great Britain should be party to the case instead of Guyana, since Guyana was governed by the British at the time.
Venezuela also advanced the argument that the 1899 arbitral award is invalid because fraud was committed by the United Kingdom during the arbitration.
Guyana’s legal team told the ICJ that Venezuela continues to make allegations, but has failed to provide evidence to support its claims, which in itself shows that the Bolivarian Republic is clinging to straws and delaying the substantive case from being heard in a timely manner.
Guyana, through its legal representatives also submitted, that the Court must see through Venezuela’s delaying tactics and dismiss its application, so that the substantive matter can be addressed and the controversy be settled once and for all.
Venezuela has maintained that it prefers the border controversy be settled through dialogue, although more than two decades of dialogue bore no results.
Guyana wants a final judicial settlement.
The Court’s decision will be handed down on Thursday.