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(Demerara Waves) Venezuela for the first time officially acknowledged that the border controversy with Guyana would be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), but hours later reverted to its long-held position that the issue should be settled by mediation.

Following a meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and the United Nations Secretary General’s High Representative, Dag Nylander, the Venezuelan government issued a public statement officially stating that the border controversy would be referred to the ICJ, also known as the World Court.

“The UN Good Offices process will continue until the end of the year, when the organization will determine if significant progress has been made in the dispute, otherwise the case will be referred to the International Court of Justice,” the Venezuelan government said. That position mirrors Guyana’s repeated call. Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge earlier this week reiterated that Guyana was in no mood to consider an extension of time for the Nylander-led mediation process.

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