Venezuela objected to the ICJ's admission of Guyana's claim for the Essequibo

Venezuela appointed defense committee of the Essequibo before the ICJ

Venezuela, which considers the ICJ not competent for the Essequibo case, presented a team of three people just the day before objecting to Guyana

The administration of Nicolás Maduro appointed a commission made up of the representative of Venezuela to the UN, Samuel Moncada; the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Félix Plasencia; and the professor of the Central University of Venezuela, Elsie Rosales García, as representatives of our country before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the dispute with Guyana over the Essequibo.

According to a memorandum from the ICJ, dated June 13, 2022, that instance received a letter from Vice President Delcy Rodríguez on the 6th of that month in which the designation of these three people as “co-agents » by Venezuela for the process.

This appointment of the group made up of Moncada, Plasencia and Rosales García was made a day before it became known that Venezuela had presented “preliminary objections” to the complaint that Guyana is advancing in the ICJ.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Wednesday, June 8, in which it reported that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) admitted the lawsuit filed by Guyana in the “unilateral lawsuit” before that instance for the dispute over the Essequibo territory.

The letter indicates that the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry filed a preliminary objection to the ICJ for this action and demands that Guyana’s claim not be admitted because there is a lack of elements for a due process to be established.

A day later, the Guyanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement to denounce the alleged intention of Venezuela to delay the final ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Despite criticizing the measure filed by Caracas, Guyana accepted that it is a right that our nation has according to the regulations established in the ICJ and therefore. the final ruling on the dispute is suspended until the objections are answered.

Venezuela and Guyana have disputed possession of the Essequibo for more than a century. The dispute over that territory became relevant again after the discovery of a large oil field by Exxon Mobil in the disputed territorial sea.

The UN, guarantor of compliance with the Geneva Agreement, decided that the “good officiant” mechanism was no longer in effect, for which reason the jurisdiction of the case passed to the International Court of Justice; Instance that Caracas assures has no interference to resolve the conflict over the Essequibo.

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