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Border case at ICJ…Guyana to ask court to rule in its favour , Venezuela refuse to participate




By Kaieter News

Petroleumworld 06 19 2018

The Government of Guyana, in light of in the current court case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), says it intends to ask the court to rule in its favour, even if that neighbouring country is absent from proceedings.

This mechanism is part of the statute of the Netherlands-based court, the judicial arm of the United Nations.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last evening, Guyana observes that under Article 53 of the Statute of the Court, “whenever one of the parties does not appear before the Court, or fails to defend its case, the other party may call upon the Court to decide in favour of its claim”.

The Foreign Affairs statement would come hours after Venezuela issued a statement (See story on Page 15) indicating that it will not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICJ, as it did not agree to the case which was filed by Guyana in late March.

Venezuela, instead, said it prefers to activate a two-decade old mediation Good Offices Process which centres on talks between the two countries instead of the ICJ.

The Full Statement:

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana wishes to advise that Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Honourable Carl Greenidge and Guyana's Legal Counsel attended the meeting convened by the Honourable Abdulqawi Abdul Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice on Monday June 18, 2018 to discuss with Guyana and Venezuela the scheduling of written pleadings in the case – the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela).

Subsequent to this meeting, Guyana noted the issuance of a press release by Venezuela stating that it would not be participating in the case.
Guyana observes that under Article 53 of the Statute of the Court, “whenever one of the parties does not appear before the Court, or fails to defend its case, the other Party may call upon the Court to decide in favour of its claim”.

Guyana intends to proceed in accordance with the said Article.

Guyana is fully committed to the rule of law in international relations, including the peaceful resolution of disputes in conformity with international law. It trusts that the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations, will resolve the controversy with Venezuela in accordance with the law in a manner that is fair and equitable.

It hopes that, in due course, Venezuela will reconsider its position and decide to appear in Court and defend its case. The Court's rules allow for that.

At the same time, if Venezuela persists in its refusal to participate, the rules provide for the Court to proceed, after a full hearing of the case, to a final judgment that is legally binding on both the participating and nonparticipating parties.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to reiterate that Guyana fully respects the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to choose the International Court of Justice as the means of settlement of the controversy and is confident that the Court is fully empowered to decide the case.


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