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ICJ Postpones Guyana vs Venezuela Case

The International Court of Justice was set to hear the case that was meant to solve the Guyana-Venezuela Border controversy. However, that date has been postponed amid fears of the Covid-19 global pandemic. A release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated:
“In the case concerning the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana V. Venezuela), the International Court of Justice has informed Guyana that the oral proceedings scheduled to begin on March 23, 2020, have been postponed due to the current worldwide health crisis. The Court has further informed that it will give a decision on a new date in due time.”
According to the Ministry of Public Health, Guyana has three active cases of the virus locally. As of Monday, March 16, Venezuela recorded 33 cases of the virus. Meanwhile, Holland, the nation that houses the ICJ, has been badly struck by the pandemic with a national death toll of 43 as of Monday.
The first round of oral arguments was originally scheduled to be held on March 23, 2020. Guyana would have been presenting its case that day. Venezuela was to speak the following day. The case is expected to take place in the course of several sessions. Nevertheless, the new date for the case has yet to be announced.

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