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Guyana Suriname Maritime Boundary Award

In the matter of the Arbitration between Guyana and Suriname

On the 17th September 2007, the Arbitral Tribunal, Hague which was constituted to establish a maritime boundary between Guyana and Suriname under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“1982 Convention”) gave its decision on the maritime boundary between Guyana and Suriname.

The Award, which included a finding of jurisdiction to consider the Parties’ maritime delimitation claims, established a single maritime boundary between Guyana and Suriname.

The Tribunal found, inter alia, that the International Maritime Boundary between Guyana and Suriname is a series of geodetic lines joining the points in the order listed as set forth in paragraphs 328 and 400 of the Award. The maps were attached.

The Tribunal also found that the expulsion from the disputed area of the CGX oil rig and drill ship C.E. Thornton by Suriname on 3 June 2000 constituted a threat of the use of force in breach of the Convention, the UN Charter, and general international law.

The Award was favourable to Guyana.

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