US State Department says Guyana/Venezuela land boundary should be respected

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The United States Department of State says the 1899 Arbitral Award, which settled the land boundary between Guyana and Venezuela, should be respected.

This was stated in a Tuesday tweet by Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols.

He said this settlement must be maintained unless or until otherwise determined by a competent legal body, adding that “The US supports a peaceful resolution to this issue.”

Given recent rumblings from Venezuela for Guyana’s Essequibo region, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is adjudicating, at Guyana’s bidding, to settle the recent controversy.

Though the World Court affirmed its jurisdiction to handle the case, Venezuela has said that it rejects this.


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