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The Guyana/Venezuela Border Controversy

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- President Granger confident of a favourable outcome at ICJ…

President David Granger is confident that the award of the tribunal in 1899 would be vindicated in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Speaking with the media today, he said the government will be taking one step at a time, and will use every legal resource to mobilise funds to ensure that Guyana is properly represented in the ICJ. The president stated too that he is Glad that the entire country is united behind this move.

“We obviously have to look for the best advice and the best legal support. It’s very important, we’ve waited a long time for this, now that the matter has reach this stage we will embark on a prudent course to make sure we get the best representation before the ICJ,” the Head of State said. Asked how soon the matter will likely go to the court, the President responded that while he is anxious and hoping for an early start, the ICJ like any other court has procedures which we have to abide by. He explained that, “It’s not going to be a swift process, and we’re aware of that; but we are very confident that the outcome will be one which our children could thank us for.”

Venezuela’s Reaction… Meanwhile, the Guyanese leader is hoping that the Venezuelan Government has the maturity to accept the decision of the UN Secretary General. He recalled that sending the matter to the SG was a course of action mutually agreed on, and concluded therefore that “this outcome should be accepted by both sides.” President Granger said Guyana has already been the victim of unwanted migration, even by soldiers and miners, and the victim of violence from armed gangs. He is now hoping that this decision announced by the UN Secretary General does not trigger further negative behaviour by Venezuelans. END

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