Sir Shridath Ramphal, head of Guyana's legal team in the border dispute with Suriname, met President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday at State House. Guyana has submitted written arguments for its case and is about to commence oral arguments. In February 2004, the Guyana government moved to invoke the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea process after being unable to reach agreement with the Suriname government on an appropriate arrangement that would allow for the joint exploration and exploitation of the natural resources of the disputed area pending a settlement of the border dispute.
Guyana invoked these proceedings with the UN Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in order to settle the question once and for all - the question of the maritime boundary between the two states, a delimitation of the boundary line from the coast where the two countries borders meet out to a distance of 200 miles. Sir Shridath is a former Attorney General of Guyana and a former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat.