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Dec 4, 2023

CARICOM Fully Supports Guyana

Carla Barnett

The United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) has cautioned Venezuela against taking any actions that could change Guyana’s control over the disputed Essequibo region. This warning comes just days before Venezuela’s planned referendum on the oil-rich territory. While the ICJ did not explicitly prohibit the referendum, it emphasized preventing any concrete steps to alter the current situation. The court’s binding ruling will remain in effect until it considers Guyana’s case against Venezuela. The dispute centers around the Essequibo region, comprising over two-thirds of Guyana, with ongoing disagreements over borders and control. Despite legal challenges, Venezuela intends to proceed with the referendum, raising concerns about potential unilateral actions to seize the territory. The longstanding dispute has gained international attention and support for Guyana from organizations like CARICOM, as stated by Secretary General, Doctor Carla Barnett.


Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary General, CARICOM

“We are expecting that there will be judgment from the ICJ. CARICOM has issued statements fully in support of Guyana which is a member state of CARICOM and we will continue to have that support but we wait the decision that will come out of the ICJ today.”


A referendum held by Venezuela on Sunday with millions of voters rejecting the ICJ’s jurisdiction and supporting the creation of another region. Venezuela’s reignited its claim over the Essequibo region following the discovery of oil and gas.

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