The Mixed Commission for the Defense of the Sovereignty of the Essequibo Territory and the Atlantic Facade of the National Assembly wishes to address the National and International Public Opinion after the hearing by which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declares itself competent to hear the claim filed by the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the validity of the Paris Award of 1899, by 12 votes in favor and 4 votes against. A null and void award in accordance with article 10 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Furthermore, we categorically reject the opinion of the ICJ, in correspondence with what has been our historical position from the moment of the installation of this Mixed Commission in 2018, and which has been reflected in at least five (5 ) Parliamentary agreements approved in Plenary, where it is noted that the 1966 Geneva Agreement is the only legal, political and diplomatic instrument that recognizes the existence of the dispute and promotes a practical and satisfactory solution for the parties. In addition to the foregoing, we reiterate that Venezuela does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, as it is not a signatory of the clause enshrined in Article 36 of the ICJ Statute, nor is it a party to multilateral treaties that recognize it.
This decision of the International Court of Justice contravenes the sentiment of the Venezuelan. Throughout history, the Venezuelan State, through its representatives, has granted concessions that have favored Guyana, to which is added the negligent and irresponsible conduct of the regime, first led by Hugo Chávez and now by Nicolás Maduro Moros, who set their ideological-partisan interests linked to their supposed revolution and the promotion as Foreign Policy of the “XXIst Century Socialism” ahead of the national interests, thus putting at risk the territorial integrity and the loss of the sovereignty of the nation.
Faced with these unfortunate events, from the Mixed Commission for the Defense of Venezuelan Sovereignty over Essequibo territory and its Atlantic Facade of the National Assembly, in conjunction with our President-in-Charge, Dip. Juan Guaido Márquez, and the rest of the deputies and on behalf of the Venezuelan people, declare our rejection of the judicialization of the controversy. We call on all the forces of society, the National Armed Forces, NGOs and other members of Civil Society, Universities and National Academies and individuals interested in the subject, to unite and work together permanently, today more than ever, for the defense of the territorial integrity of our nation.
Caracas-Venezuela, December 20, 2020.
The members of the Mixed Commission for the defense of Venezuelan sovereignty over Essequibo territory and its Atlantic Facade of the National Assembly.
Dip. Williams Dávila (President)
Dip. Sergio Vergara (Vice President)
Dip. Luis Florido
Dip. Edgar zambrano
Dip. Marialbert Barrios
Dip. Julio Borges
Dip. Luis Emilio Rondón
Dip. Marianella Fernandez
Dip. Teodoro Campos
Dip. Francisco Sucre
Secretary: Javier González