Guyana Official: Venezuela’s Actions Are an “Unprecedented” Challenge

By Robert Persaud

A longstanding border controversy has worsened following a massive discovery of oil, a top official at Guyana’s foreign ministry writes for AQ.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The longstanding row over the border between Guyana and Venezuela has risen to a level of unprecedented tension in the relations between our countries. The boundary between Guyana and Venezuela has been settled by treaty and a binding legal process that Venezuela initiated 124 years ago. By the 1897 Treaty of Washington, Venezuela agreed with the British that the arbitration would be a “full, perfect and final settlement” of the boundary. The so-called “Arbitral Award” was handed down in 1899. However, Venezuela has refused to recognize the results of...

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