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Venezuela says it has "taken note" of ICJ ruling in border dispute with Guyana

Venezuela says it has "taken note" of the ruling by the International Court of Justice with regards to what it termed "the unusual and interventionist provisional measures requested by the Cooperative Republic of Guyana against the consultative referendum scheduled for tomorrow".
 
Venezuelans are set to vote on Sunday to determine the country's claims over Guyana's Essequibo county.
 
The ICJ ruled that Venezuela should refrain from any action which would seize, acquire or encroach upon, or assert or exercise sovereignty over the Essequibo region or any other part of Guyana's national territory. 
 
The Nicolas Maduro government says Venezuela, "true to its historical position, . . . does not recognise the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice to settle the territorial controversy surrounding GuayanaEsequiba, especially given the existence of the 1966 Geneva Agreement".
 
Guyana's President Irfaan Ali, on the other hand, has reiterated that  justice, and not force, should be the arbiter of international disputes.
 
Both Georgetown and Caracas had made presentations to the ICJ during two-days of hearing last month into the case relating to the 1899 Arbitral Award.
 


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