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RESOLUTION OF THE 106th SESSION OF THE ACP COUNCIL OF MINISTERS HELD IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, FROM 5TH TO 6th DECEMBER 2017

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ON GUYANA-VENEZUELA CONTROVERSY

 

The ACP Council of Ministers,

-        meeting in Brussels, (Belgium), from 5 to 6 December 2017

 

A.              RECALLING the Declaration of the 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government issued at Port Moresby on 1st June 2016, in which the Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law, the sanctity of international treaties as well as the peaceful and lawful resolution of territorial and maritime disputes;

 

B.              FURTHER RECALLING that in referring to the escalating territorial and maritime claims by Venezuela on Guyana’s territory, the Heads of State and Government had noted the adverse impact of the controversy on Guyana’s development and the welfare and the wellbeing of its people;

 

C.               ALSO RECOGNISING the commendable efforts of the Secretary General of the United Nations to resolving the controversy within the confines of International Law in keeping with his responsibilities and principles set out and agreed by all signatories to the 1966 Geneva Agreement;

 

HEREBY RESOLVES TO:

Urge the Secretary General of the United Nations, in accordance with his decision of December 15, 2016, to make the choice of means of settlement by the end of December 2017, in order to ensure a full and final settlement of the controversy.

 

Brussels, 06 December, 2017

 


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