CARACAS, Thursday March 15, 2012 | Update

Guyana "regrets" Venezuela's objection

In a press release, Guyana's Foreign Office asserts that the boundary with Venezuela was "definitely settled"

Thursday March 15, 2012  06:52 PM

Guyana took a stance Thursday on Venezuela's objection to its submission to a UN Commission of a claim to an extended continental shelf.

"The decision of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to object to Guyana's Submission to the (United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf) CLCS is therefore deeply regrettable," the Guyanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a communiqué, as quoted by AFP.

Venezuela rebutted the CLCS decision to ponder Guyana's submission by arguing that the Essequibo is under border dispute.

In a communiqué, Venezuela's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled this week "a dispute of territorial sovereignty (between the two countries) inherited from colonialism, subject to the Geneva Agreement of 1966."

Guyana, for its part, feels that the dispute has been settled as part of a complete, final agreement on the border in 1989, settled by an arbitral court.

In the words of Guyana's Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues, the submission to the CLCS "was done in a manner fully consistent with the provisions of international law, including the Convention."

The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."

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