Isaac Salama, special representative of the Government (E) of Venezuela in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on behalf of the Joint Commission in Defense of the Esequibo and the Atlantic Facade of the National Assembly, consigned before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) valuable informative material regarding the validity of the Arbitration Award of 1899 that strengthens Venezuela’s position regarding the lack of jurisdiction of this organism to hear the controversy unilaterally raised by Guyana in 2018.
Among the documents submitted by the forum titled “The Venezuelan-Guyanese Dispute before the International Court of Justice”, promoted by the aforementioned Joint Commission together with the Arcadia Foundation, is reiterated that such claim contradicts the spirit and sense of the Geneva Agreement of 1966 which constitutes the legal framework established by the parties to resolve the binational dispute.
This information of an academic nature and with a high sense of Venezuelan responsibility, delivered by Salama on behalf of the Venezuelan parliamentary body, stems from the fact that the Court must gather all the material necessary to establish its jurisdiction, as indicated in Article 53 of its Statute.
This documentation submitted to the Court reflects the opinion of a group of highly prestigious jurists who consider that the aforementioned court does not have jurisdiction to hear Guyana’s claim. These include Ambassador Victor Rodríguez Cedeño; Professor Jorge Cardona Llorens; Professor Didier Operrti Badán; among others.
In this regard, Williams Davila, president of the Joint Commission in Defense of Esequibo, said that it is even more important to consider that the State decided not to appear, which does not mean that the court would consider only the allegations of Guyana.
“In spite of the difficult political situation that Venezuela is experiencing and the harassment against the National Assembly for its refusal to participate in the electoral farce of December 6th, and unlike Nicolás Maduro’s regime, we from the legitimate Legislative Power continue defending a territory that is ours”, highlighted the parliamentarian.