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
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.