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Venezuela-Guyana (Boundary)

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Venezuela that the controversy which has arisen out of the Venezuelan contention that the arbitral award of 1899 which demarcated the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela is null and void be settled without the threat or use of force in accordance with the Geneva agreement and that the controversy should be referred to the International Court of Justice.

We have repeatedly conveyed our view to Venezuela and Guyana that they should seek to achieve a peaceful settlement through the Geneva agreement procedures. Under article IV the means of settlement have to be agreed between Venezuela and Guyana. Reference to the International Court of Justice is only one of the possible options.