Notes From The Margin

February 1, 2008

Bird Island Again! – Grenada in Maritime Boundary Dispute With Venezuela.

Venezuela’s claim to Bird Island seems about to become an election issue in Grenada with opposition parties protesting the length of time it is taking to settle the matter.

Now Dr. Alexis’ assertion is usually true, however the arbitrator for these issue is usually the UN Law Of The Sea Treaty, however Venezuela is not a signatory to that treaty. (unsurprisingly as Bird Island does not meet the criteria under that treaty for it’s massive claim of sea space). It is unlikely that Venezuela will  recant it’s claim, and this does appear to be a somewhat intractable problem.
Of course, Grenada like almost everyone else in the Caribbean signed up to the Petro Caribe agreement. It sounds like they are about to find out exacly how the strings are attached.
We will continue to follow this story.
Further reading:

Details on Aves Island – How Venezuela Controls the Caribbean Sea

Venezuela and Bird Island


  1. […] Bird Island Again! – Grenada in Maritime Boundary Dispute With … […]

    Pingback by Caribbean Sea — February 6, 2008 @ 2:55 am | Reply

  2. Not surprising, some of us where able extrapolate from information on the “periphery” of the Trinidad/Barbados “fishing dispute” that Venezuela role in the Caribbean was less understood by our so called best and brightest. There is too much of a pragmatic approach to our foreign affairs, and to little attention on geopolitics. I firmly belief that Hispanics do not suffer from the same guilt as Europeans and their North American descendants, and are not easily persuaded diplomatically.

    Comment by Adrian Hinds — February 6, 2008 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  3. Adrian if you look at our post “How Trinidad Recognised Venezuela’s Claim to Most Of Guyana’s Land” you will see that we had posted on Venezuela’s role in the dispute.

    I do think that the pragmatism that informs our foreign policy is a good thing, I am deeply concerned that other members of the region do not appear from their actions to give the same consideration to matters. The US does what is in the interest of the US, Venezuela does what is in the sole interest of the Venezuelans, we need to acknowledge this and work in this framework. We have blogged considerably on the Petro Caribe initiative and our concerns about what Mr. Chavez gets for his “easy credit” on petroleum.

    Kissinger said “Countries do not have friends they have interests” I think much of the Caribbean would do well to take that statement to heart.


    Comment by notesfromthemargin — February 6, 2008 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  4. Great article its impotant the person see the ulterior motives of the Petrocaribe deal.

    Comment by Mac — August 2, 2008 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

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