UN Commission acknowledges Caracas objection to Guyana's application
A subcommission will examine Guyana s aspiration to extend its continental shelf by 150 nautical miles
The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), which is reviewing Guyana s application to extend the Caribbean country s continental shelf, did not dismiss Venezuela s communication objecting Guyana s submission.
A document that summarizes the progress made in the last session of the CLCS, said that the Commission acknowledged the communication forwarded by Venezuela, as well as Guyana s response on the issue. The CLCS added that the submission will be examined by a subcommission to be established "at a future session."
"Unless the Commission decides otherwise, the Commission shall function by way of sub-commissions composed of seven members, appointed in a balanced manner taking into account the specific elements of each submission by a coastal State," reads Article 5 of annex II to the Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The CLCS president, Mexico' s Galo Carrera Hurtado, will not be part of the subcommission because he advised the Guyanese submission.
The subcommission will review the case and submit its recommendation to the CLCS plenary, which will assess the submission following review of the submissions previously filed with the Commission.
Adolfo Salgueiro, an international law expert, said that the fact that Venezuelan objection has been acknowledged means that Venezuelan diplomacy managed to make the Commission reconsider the case. He described this fact as positive.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."