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Resolving Overlapping Maritime Claims in the Eastern Caribbean
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2008

By Stephen Kangal
August 01, 2008

The contemporary Eastern Caribbean maritime seascape is the subject of a scramble for registering various conflicting claims and counter claims that can result in a hostile and mad grab for the potentially hydrocarbon yielding oceans having regard to the escalating price of oil on the world market.

The 200-mile distance- based relatively new regime of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that is being projected by Barbados as a harbinger of windfall maritime space has introduced complex legal challenges in rationalizing the over-lapping and indeed some superior maritime claims declared hitherto by Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and to a lesser extent the mainland Republic of Guyana.
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