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Guyana and Suriname Border Dispute Centre Stage Again

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Guyana is not about to give up the new river triangle section of the Corentyne River that Suriname has been claiming for some years.

The issue was again put on the front burner in a recent address by Surinamese president Desi Bouterse who was speaking in Suriname’s national assembly. Bouterse pointed out that his administration had not given up its claim to the disputed area and was looking for a peaceful and friendly way to resolve the dispute.

In an invited comment President Jadgeo was not too disturbed about the sentiments expressed by his counterpart, Jagdeo said Bouterse’s statements have to be viewed in context. Guyana is holding out that the area is a sovereign part of Guyana’s territory.

The United Nations Tribunal had ruled on the Maritime Boundary when Suriname challenged oil exploration at the mouth of the Corentyne River. The land boundary remains unresolved from Suriname’s perspective.

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