Guyana’s case that will be presented to the International Court of Justice on the border controversy with Venezuela, is in good hands. That assurance came today from Guyana’s Chief Legal Advisor on the issue, Sir Shridath Ramphal.
He explained to reporters today that the same team that won the maritime case for Guyana against Suriname is the same team that has been brought together to take on the case against Venezuela.
Mr. Ramphal made it clear that “the case is in good hands. In the hands of the same team that won the judicial proceeding with Suriname, we go to work again to finish the job”.
Sir Shridath said that the day has come for Venezuela to face the International Court of Justice over its claim to Guyana’s territory, adding that “they have stalled, they have filibustered, they have tried to avoid this day, but the day has come”.
The border controversy case was recently referred to the International Court of Justice by the Secretary General of the United Nations after the UN Good Office process failed to reach any agreement.
Guyana has now started full preparations to present its case to the ICJ even as Venezuela continues with its objections over the move by the UN Chief.
When asked about Venezuela announcing that it will not recognise the decision by the ICJ on the matter, Sir Shridath said that is an issue for Venezuela, but the ICJ remains the highest judicial body in the world. He said Guyana is moving ahead with pushing its application forward.
“When that is done, the case is in the hands of the highest judicial authority in the world. Guyana could not have expected better. It is time now for Guyana to establish to the world what has always been the case”.
For decades Guyana has been pushing back against Venezuela’s claims to its territory. Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a new song to rally the Guyanese people and raise awareness on the issue. The song “Guyana Our Own” has been released by local artiste, Blaze Antonio and embraced by the Government.
It will serve as the new rallying cry in an effort to rekindle the same energy that came from Dave Martin’s “Not Blade of Grass”.