President of Guyana, Irfaan Ali has welcomed a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which stated that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over the demarcation of their land border, which may ultimately determine which has rights to offshore oil and gas fields.
Ali said when it comes to Guyana’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, there is no compromise. Guyana will get a final judgment in its favour reinforcing the 1899 Arbitral award.
He said: “The Court’s decision means that international law can be brought to bear to ensure that Guyana’s patrimony is preserved.”
The matter was taken before the International Court in 2018 under the David Granger administration. Venezuela’s government had argued the international court had no jurisdiction and it prefers direct talks with Guyana over its claims to a huge, sparsely populated area west of the Essequibo River. The court has not yet set a date for arguments on the merits of Guyana’s case.