Monday, May 21, 2012
A workshop was held last week to consider long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. The workshop was organized with support from the UN Department of Political Affairs. It focused on multi-dimensional approaches and best practices in the resolution of controversies, based on examples from around the world. Among the participants were Hari Narayen Ramkarran for Guyana and Ambassador Roy Chaderton Matos for Venezuela. Also participating were both countries' Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York.
Participation in such a workshop shows the commitment of both countries to peaceful resolution of their border dispute. I count it as an unsung example of success for the United Nations system and international law. When countries negotiate (instead of going to war, for example), we all win.