CARICOM comments on the ongoing Guyana-Venezuela border issue. (Credits- CARICOM Today)

CARICOM Remarks on Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commented on the issue of the Guyana- Venezuela Border Controversy.

CARICOM, in its statement, states that the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would be authorised to commence the annexation of territory which constitutes a part of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

It could happen only when the two of the questions are approved to be posted in the Referendum, and if they answer positively, they would be able to create a state within Venezuela called Guyana Essequibo.

CARICOM is ready to extend its support and pledges that International Law strictly forbid the government of one State from incorporating or annexing the territory of any other state and unilaterally seizing it.

A positive vote on the preceding controversy opens the door to the possible violation of this fundamental idea of international law.

The question of land and water is a matter of utmost concern as the Essequibo Region of Guyana incorporates more than two-thirds of the whole of Guyana itself.

CARICOM added that there should be implementation of the Referendum with Venezuela “by all means, according to/with the Law.” 

CARICOM expects Venezuela not to use any force or military means to get things in its own way in the ongoing controversy over territory. Ultimately, Caribbean and Latin American countries have been the long-established position there, including Venezuela.

The region must remain a zone of peace and cooperation.

For the time being, CARICOM holds out that the Referendum suggested by Venezuela has no justifiability, standing or bearing in international law in association with this argument.

The Referendum is purely based on domestic construction; however, its summary effect possibly results in a violation of peace, security, tranquillity and more in their region.

CARICOM recapitulates its support for the process and indicates the hope that Venezuela will occupy itself fully in that process.

The International Court of Justice’s final decision will ensure a resolution that is equitable, peaceful and in accordance with the International Law.

CARICOM wants the issue to be resolved without any military activity involved in it.