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Guyana and Suriname border dispute continues despite UN findings


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Last Update: Oct 28, 2008

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Suriname's Ambassador to Guyana, Manorma Soeknandan, said in Georgetown that the detention of the GUYSUCO-leased vessel, Lady Chandra I, was not a show of force or direct attack against Guyana's right to use the Corentyne River.

By Oscar Ramjeet
Caribbean Net News Special Correspondent
Email: oscar@caribbeannetnews.com  

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Suriname's Ambassador to Guyana, Manorma Soeknandan, said in Georgetown that the detention of the GUYSUCO-leased vessel, Lady Chandra I, was not a show of force or direct attack against Guyana's right to use the Corentyne River.

The Kaieteur News reported that the Ambassador said that the vessel was in breach of a law enacted in 1981, stipulating that any vessel above 50 gross tonnes in the Corentyne must be escorted by a pilot attached to the Suriname Maritime Department. The Ambassador said that the vessel in question weighed 373 gross tones.

She added that regardless of the registration of the vessel, "be it Chinese or American or Surinamese, the vessel would be detained once its captain ignores the use of a pilot when the vessel weights more than 50 gross tonnes".

The Ambassador's comment was quickly refuted by Guyana’s Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, who said that Soeknandan's statement was unacceptable and questioned what the seizure should have been called if it was not “an act of aggression”.

President Bharrat Jagdeo told newsmen that he had examined every note of contention between the two countries over the years and that he had not seen any law that gave Suriname the right to seize any vessel operating in the Corentyne River.

The President said that Suriname’s action had come in the wake of the United Nations Law of the Sea Tribunal that settled the offshore boundary dispute between Guyana and Suriname.

However Ambassador Soeknandan said that the detention was not about using the river and that it is not about a test of diplomacy.

Guyana had dispatched diplomatic notes to the government of Suriname, the CARICOM Secretariat and the United Nations.


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