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UK High Commissioner dismisses Venezuela's (oily) claim on Guyana's maritime front

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 04:53 UTC
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 “UK is clear that the Venezuela-Guyana land border is, and should be, as agreed under the 1899 Arbitration Agreement”, said Commissioner Quinn “UK is clear that the Venezuela-Guyana land border is, and should be, as agreed under the 1899 Arbitration Agreement”, said Commissioner Quinn
Maduro on May 27 signed a decree that now claims an entire portion of Guyana’s territory into the Atlantic Ocean and includes the Stabroek Block Maduro on May 27 signed a decree that now claims an entire portion of Guyana’s territory into the Atlantic Ocean and includes the Stabroek Block

British High Commissioner to Guyana, James Gregory Quinn has dismissed Venezuela’s most recent claim on Guyana’s oil rich Essequibo Coast, stating that it lacks solid grounds. Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro on May 27 signed a decree that now claims an entire portion of Guyana’s territory into the Atlantic Ocean and includes the Stabroek Block where a significant portion of oil was recently discovered by US oil giant, ExxonMobil.

 Guyana’s Government via the Foreign Affairs Ministry has since responded, labeling the most recent claim by Venezuela as a “flagrant violation of International laws,” deeming the decree illegal.

In an invited comment to local media in Georgetown, Quinn made a similar statement pointing out that “the UK is clear that the Venezuela-Guyana land border is, and should be, as agreed under the 1899 Arbitration Agreement.”

Quinn contended that the 1966 Geneva Agreement did not change that adding “indeed Article V(2) of that agreement states: ‘No new claim, or enlargement of an existing claim, to territorial sovereignty … shall be asserted while this Agreement is in force, nor shall any claim whatsoever be asserted otherwise than in the Mixed Commission.’

Given these international agreements, Quinn says the claim is baseless.

“Connected to this we see no grounds in international law which would justify recent Venezuelan claims to what we consider to be Guyanese territorial waters,” the High Commissioner stated.

The Guyana government in a statement noted that any attempt by Venezuela to impose the decree will be “vigorously resisted” adding that the government will spare no effort to bring the issue to the international limelight.

“The Cooperative Republic of Guyana is concerned that the said decree disregards International Law, constitutes a threat to regional peace and security and breaches the Geneva Agreement of 1966. It is therefore imperative that Venezuela adheres to the principles of International Law in seeking to delineate its maritime boundaries with neighboring countries pending actual delimitations,” the statement from the government read.

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  • Skip

    None of that will stop Venezuela's government, which is looking for any sort of scapegoat or attention-grabbing headline that isn't concentrating on the economic implosion that Chavismo has wrought on Venezuela.

    We are all Chavez..... one of the dumbest slogans possible when it comes to Venezuela.

    Jun 15th, 2015 - 05:04 am 0
  • lsolde

    Why do these South Americans always want to take other people's property?
    Are they not content with what they have?
    Even if the Guyanians stole it from them(l did say “even if”)the Venezuelans stole it from the Amerindians.
    lts a case of “whats mine is mine & whats yours is ours”.
    Now where have l heard that before?
    Ah yes, don't tell me……
    Argentina's ridiculous “claims” to the Falklands & other British territory in the South Atlantic.

    Jun 15th, 2015 - 09:44 am 0
  • paulcedron

    i hate that shite of chavez / maduro with all my heart.
    now, why the fuck is england always involved in land theft?
    eh?

    and what the fuck is england doing in south america?
    they have nothing to do with this continent.

    not that hard to understand, no?

    ...pirates
    and thieves.

    and isolda, shut up.
    99% of the venezuelans are amerindians.
    you know zilch
    nothing
    nada de nada
    not anything
    nil
    zero

    Jun 15th, 2015 - 11:01 am 0
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