Venezuela seeks to curb Guyana’s claim at the ICJ for a disputed territory

In March 2018, Guyana filed a lawsuit against Venezuela in The Hague to resolve the territorial dispute between the two States over the Essequibo region. Four years later the Guyanese government presented before the ICJ its arguments to validate the 1899 arbitration award, which granted the territory to what was then British Guyana, a decision that Caracas does not recognize.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Government of Venezuela seeks to stop the "unilateral" demand of Guyana related to the dispute over the Essequibo area, by presenting its preliminary objections before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Foreign Ministry reported in a statement released this Thursday.

The State portfolio affirmed that the objective of the preliminary objection is "to defend the rights and interests of the Republic" and to ensure "that this demand is not admitted due to the lack of essential elements to form a due process."

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