Venezuela reiterated, through an Official Communiqué released this Tuesday, its absolute rejection of the Paris Arbitration Award of 1899 through which an attempt was made to rob the country of its rights over the territory of Essequibo.
In the text released by the Chancellor of the Republic, Yván Gil, in his account on the social network Guyana that the “only solution to the dispute is direct dialogue between the parties, as mandated by the 1966 Geneva Agreement.”
Here is the full statement:
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in exercise of its legitimate and historical rights of sovereignty over the Essequibo territory, ratifies its firm and consistent long-standing rejection of the Paris Arbitration Award of October 03, 1899, an instrument resulting from a fraudulent and contrary to international law, a product of collusion between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Great Britain, against the territorial integrity of Venezuela.
The Paris Arbitration Award of October 03, 1899, plagued by nullity defects, was forged behind Venezuela's back under duress and the constant threat of the use of force by the British crown. The arrogance of the imperial powers of the time, the forging of documents and maps, the use of all types of tricks and the usurpation of the Venezuelan defense, are just some of the multiple violations of International Law that have been demonstrated and define this Award. as null and void.
Venezuela has denounced and proven, through titles and documentary evidence, that the territory of Guayana Esequiba belongs to it and that the Paris Award has been the most shameful and fraudulent action against its territorial integrity. The United Kingdom of Great Britain, no longer able to sustain this legal nonsense, agreed to sign, in 1966, the Geneva Agreement and to assign the responsibility to Guyana at the time of its birth as a Republic, which must respect said agreement as the only binding document for the resolution of the territorial controversy.
Today, 124 years have passed since the issuance of this deplorable verdict, with which the British crown attempted to strip Venezuela of its territory in Guayana Esequiba, the Republic
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, maintains its rejection of this legal nonsense and confirms its unwavering will to defend its territorial integrity and insists before the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, that the only way to resolve the controversy is direct dialogue between the parties, as mandated by the 1966 Geneva Agreement.
Caracas, October 3, 2023