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OPINION: The Argyle Declaration and the Price of Peace with Venezuela: Guyana’s saving grace may be the international value of a declaration and Article 2 of Guyana’s Constitution

By Retired Rear Admiral Dr Gary Best For sixty years and counting, Venezuela has occupied Guyana’s sovereign half of Ankoko Island, along the Guyana-Venezuela border. This should be kept in mind as we navigate the Argyle Declaration. Importantly, the Argyle Declaration recently forged between Guyana and Venezuela leaves much to be desired, except the saving grace of weak international recognition ...

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Ali objects to Maduro’s expectation that meeting will address Guyana-Venezuela dispute

President Irfaan Ali on Tuesday strenuously objected to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s expectation that Thursday’s talks will “directly” address the territorial dispute between their two countries.  President Ali vowed that the controversy over the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award would would be settled by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “I, too, have a mandate from the National Assembly of Guyana ...

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CARICOM leaders support World Court for settling Guyana-Venezuela border controversy; call for Ali-Maduro talks

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Friday, backing Guyana’s position to resolve the border controversy with Venezuela through the International Court of Justice (ICJ), called for talks between Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali and the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro. “CARICOM calls for a de-escalation of the conflict and for appropriate dialogue between the leaders of Venezuela and Guyana to ensure peaceful ...

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Referendum won’t solve Guyana-Venezuela border controversy- US; Maduro says will enforce Geneva Agreement

The United States (US) government has scoffed at last Sunday’s referendum which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said gave an almost 100 percent approval for the border controversy to be settled outside the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “We would urge Venezuela and Guyana to continue to seek a peaceful resolution of their dispute. This is not something that will be ...

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Guyana will ask UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Venezuela if ICJ order is violated

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Tuesday said the Guyana government would ask the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to authorise wide-ranging sanctions or military action against Venezuela if the Nicolas Maduro administration breaches World Court order in line with last Sunday’s referendum. If Venezuela violates the December 1, 2023 ICJ order by taking any action, which would modify the situation ...

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Shortage of locally produced chicken forces imports from Suriname; Agri Minister denies opposition’s smuggling accusations

The Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha on Saturday denied accusations by the Opposition Leader’s Office that he was involved in smuggling chicken from neighbouring Suriname, and provided proof that the importation of the meat was approved to ease the shortage of that locally produced protein source and stabilise prices. The Agriculture Ministry said the permission to import the chicken was ...

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Venezuela silent on abiding by World Court order on Essequibo, claims legal victory

Venezuela on Friday stayed clear of signaling whether it would obey the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ order that it must not take any action in Guyana’s Essequibo County pending a declaration about the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award that settled the land boundary between the two countries. The ICJ on Friday ruled that pending a final decision in the case, ...

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Lawyer compensated, receives police force apology for her unlawful arrest

A lawyer, who was arrested more than one year ago at the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) while representing her client, has received a High Court-ordered apology and GY$700,000 in compensation. A day after Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire issued the orders in favour of Attorney-at-Law, Tamieka Clarke, the arresting officer Police Superintendent Krishnadat Ramana and the Head ...

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Vendors outside Muneshwer’s may have to remove by Jan 15- City Mayor

Georgetown Mayor Alfred Mentore on Monday told vendors, who ply their trade outside Muneshwer’s Store on Water and Commerce Streets that he was negotiating for them to remain there until January 15. “Ideally, from what I’ve gotten and from the discussions I’ve had, I’m pretty sure that you vendors will be able to remain there at least to January the ...

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Mottley, Gonsalves reassure CARICOM’s support for Guyana against Venezuela; react sharply to APNU criticisms

Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves on Saturday sought to reassure Guyana that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states are individually backing Guyana that its borders are inviolable and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) must be used to settle the territorial controversy with Venezuela. “In this particular ...

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