International court rules in favor of Venezuela over gold mines
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid) ruled that Venezuela did not breach contractual rights
In the ruling, the arbitration court stated that Venezuela did not breach the Venezuela-Canada bilateral agreement and concluded that Venezuela's decision to terminate the agreement and take over control of Las Cristinas mine is by no means an expropriation.
According to the official communiqué, the top court established that the relevant investment was pursuant to the contract entered into by Venezuelan and Canada. Hence, Venezuela, complied with the provisions on standard fair and equitable treatment set forth in the bilateral agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
In the claim, Vannessa Ventures sought compensation for USD 1 billion from the Venezuelan government.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.