The United States is now solidly backing Guyana in the territorial controversy with Venezuela.
Speaking at Friday’s farewell ceremony for the US Ambassador, the Deputy Chief of Missions, Terry Steers-Gonzalez, noted that previously, the US would simply support a timely resolution of the controversy. Now it wants the 1899 arbitration award respected.
The Deputy Chief of Missions said the outgoing US Ambassador, Perry Holloway played a key role in getting that position shifted by the US government.
“Previously, we had simply “support[ed] the timely resolution of the Venezuela-Guyana border controversy.” In large measure because of Ambassador Holloway, the U.S. Government now also “calls on all parties to respect the 1899 arbitration decision….” While some might discount this seemingly simple addition, most of us present tonight understand how truly big it was, and is. Well done Sir!”
Guyana’s border row case with Venezuela is currently before the International Court of Justice. Although Venezuela has indicated it will not recognise the Court, Guyana has been moving ahead with its filings.
Guyana’s position has always been that the 1899 arbitration award is binding and should be respected. But despite that position, Venezuela has repeatedly made claims to Guyana’s territory and maritime areas.