Venezuela Clinging at Legal Straws to Delay the ICJ Arbitration with Guyana

By Stephen Kangal
November 21, 2022

Stephen KangalGuyana, by the internationally accepted law and principle of state succession today and as an independent state member of the UN/OAS has total authority, sovereignty and exclusive jurisdiction and control above (air space), beyond (maritime) and below (subsoil) the current state of Guyana formerly British Guiana by an Independence Agreement concluded by GB/UK and British Guiana effective from the date of the latter’s independence in 1966.

That was the legal practice adopted consistently by Great Britain when it granted independence to its former colonies beginning with India in 1947.

It did so with T&T on 31 August 1962.

This makes Guyana the succeeding and replacing party to GB in all colonial/pre-independence agreements and international treaties concluded by GB applicable in, related and extending to the new state of Guyana’s jurisdiction that was recognized by Venezuela itself.

Venezuela did not raise any objection to this agreement nor reserved its position.

This Venezuelan argument of bringing GB as a third party into the ICJ Arbitration when it has no current locus standi in the proceedings is another cheap, misleading and uninformed legal nullity being invoked by Venezuela to bring GB into the bilateral international arbitration taking place in the Hague.

It is another unconvincing red herring to delay the current resumed ICJ proceedings as it has done previously.

Venezuela concluded a 1942 Gulf of Paria Treaty with Great Britain establishing its partial maritime submarine boundary with T&T as part of the British Empire.

In 1990 it negotiated with T&T—not Great Britain–to extend the boundary eastwards and indeed conclude two new maritime agreements based on the 1942 Gulf of Paria as the point of origin.

In 1990 it also agreed with T&T to change the location of the original 1942 maritime submarine boundary without any involvement whatsoever in or participation of the UK/GB.

Venezuela cannot pick and choose selectively to promote its delaying agenda.

Venezuela recognized T&T as the succeeding party to this 1942 agreement that it had with GB and the boundaries that were established in 1942.

Venezuela, taking into consideration its legal relations with T&T is estopped from invoking this – GB ruse and position at the International Court of Justice’s Arbitration to bring in GB as a third party.

It has accepted by its previous conduct and practice that States like Guyana and T&T, its nearest neighbours are indeed legitimate successors of the British.

They are currently the only legal parties to previous bilateral agreements concluded with Venezuela that are applicable in these respective former colonies of the UK.

The 1942 Gulf of Paria Treaty Boundary with Venezuela
The 1942 Gulf of Paria Treaty Boundary with Venezuela

4 thoughts on “Venezuela Clinging at Legal Straws to Delay the ICJ Arbitration with Guyana”

  1. I am against Trinis because it destroys genetic diversity and creates identity problems.

    Also because it’s completely unnecessary and selfish for Ramps Logistics to take the jobs from Guyanese who stayed. Yet another reason to send them back.

    Cultural and racial diversity is largely temporary.
    But the idea of deporting or murdering all Trinis, Venezuelans, and other foreigners is horrific.

    Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country such as ExxonMobil. I support my White American expatriates. They discovered the oil, and they will ensure that we as Guyanese benefit from our oil revenues.

    The best solution to this for would be to detain every non-resident, foreigners and foreign-based Guyanese into a concentration camp. This physical separation would protect Guyana from an invasion and foreign influence from traitors like Alissa Trotz and Isabel DeCaires.


    I can no longer bear the shame of inaction knowing that
    Kaieteur News has endowed me with the rights needed to save our country from the brink of destruction by these foreigners such as Alissa Trotz, Janette Bulkan and Isabel DeCaires. They are no longer Guyanese in my eyes, but enemies to Guyana by migrating to foreign lands.

    Alissa Trotz should stay in Canada and leave us Guyanese alone. We are rich in oil.

    I resent such people, and don’t want them here in Guyana as much as we don’t like Trinis in Guyana.

    Our Trinidadian comrades don’t have the gun rights needed to repel the millions of invaders from Venezuela and the developed world that plague their country. They have no choice but to sit by and watch their countries burn.

  3. Mass immigration of Trinis and Venes and the higher fertility rates of the Vene immigrants
    themselves are causing this increase in population.
    We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history of Guyana
    Thousands of Trinis and Venes pouring across our borders, legally.Invited by the state
    and corporate entities to replace the Guyanese people who have failed to
    reproduce, failed to create the cheap labour, new consumers and tax base
    that the corporations and states need to thrive.
    This crisis of mass immigration and sub-replacement fertility is an assault
    on the Guyanese people that, if not combated, will ultimately result in the
    complete racial and cultural replacement of the Guyanese people.
    To see this in full effect, you only have to look at Local Content fiasco with Trinidadian companies using foreign-born Guyanese.

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