On September 20, 2007, the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) announced the award on the maritime boundary dispute between Guyana and Suriname which commenced in June 2000 when the Surinamese navy forced CGX's jack-up drill rig off the Eagle location.
In its decision, the ITLOS Tribunal determined the following:
- the Tribunal has the jurisdiction to decide on the merits of the dispute;
- the maritime boundary between Guyana and Suriname commences at Point 1, being the intersection of the low water line of the west bank of the Corentyne River and the geodesic line of N10oE which passes through “Marker “B” established in 1936. The Tribunal holds that the 10o Line is established between the Parties from the starting point to the 3 nautical mile limit. Thereafter, the Tribunal arrives at a line continuing from the seaward terminus of the N10oE line at 3 nautical miles, and drawn diagonally by the shortest distance to meet the line adopted to delimit the Parties’ continental shelf and exclusive economic zone; and
- that 93% of CGX’s Corentyne Licence and 100% of CGX's Georgetown Licence are in Guyana territory and that the Eagle drilling location in 2000 is 15 kilometres within this border award.
For further information on the Guyana-Suriname border dispute resolution, please click on the links included below:
CGX Press Release
ITLOS Press Release
ITLOS Boundary Award Map
CGX Concession Close-up Map
On the first year anniversary of the border dispute resolution, Sir Shridath Ramphal, the head of Guyana's legal team and former Governor General of the Republic of Guyana launched the book “Triumph For UNCLOS, The Guyana-Suriname Maritime Arbitration, a Compilation and Commentary” by Sir Shridath Ramphal in Georgetown, Guyana.
Guyana Chronicle Article
Sir Shridath Ramphal's Speech
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