President Irfaan Ali reaffirms commitment to judicial settlement in Guyana-Venezuela border dispute

Guyana’s President Dr. Irfaan Ali

President Irfaan Ali has assured that Guyana will continue to champion the peaceful resolution in the territorial controversy with neighboring Venezuela as he addressed the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday.

He said the government would not support any use of force as a means of settling any dispute or controversy among nations.

“Guyana does not condone or support the threat of, or use of force in relations between states or in the resolution of disputes. Consistent with the Charter of the United Nations, Guyana subscribes to the use of peaceful means to settle disputes,” he stated.

Ali says he continues to seek the support and guidance of CARICOM and other international bodies.

The head of state highlighted that even though Guyana’s own land is being threatened, the government will not sway from the advice proffered by Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres at the opening of the event on Tuesday.

“[We remain] committed to making the most of every diplomatic tool for the pacific settlement of disputes, as set out in the Charter of the United Nations,” Guterres was quoted as saying.

President Irfaan Ali noted that Guyana is committed to a judicial settlement in the matter, one which he hopes could come soonest.

The longstanding border controversy between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela officially began in 1841. The conflict arose as a result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was invalid.

In 1897, the matter was taken to international arbitration. Guyana is seeking to obtain a final and binding judgment that the 1899 Arbitral Award, which established the location of the land boundary between then British Guiana and Venezuela, remains valid and that the Essequibo region belongs to Guyana and not Venezuela.


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