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Venezuela tells World Court that Guyana’s border case is inadmissible because Britain is not a party

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By Denis Chabrol (Demerara Waves) Venezuela on Wednesday said the International Court of Justice (ICJ) could not hear Guyana’s case that the 1899 Arbitral Award with that Spanish-speaking western neighbour is a full, final and perfect settlement of the land boundary between the two South American nations because Britain is not a party to the proceedings.

Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez told the ICJ in The Hague that her country maintained that the ICJ does not jurisdiction to entertain the case but at the same time insisted that that United Nations (UN) juridical body should find that Guyana’s case should be deemed in admissible. She maintained that the 1966 Geneva Agreement provides for an “amicable solution” to the dispute after the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award. “We submit that this court would not be in a position to resolve Guyana’s application because the United Kingdom, an indispensable party to settle such a matter of the dispute requested by Guyana is not participating,” she told the judges.

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