International court rules in favor of Venezuela over gold mines
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid) ruled that Venezuela did not breach contractual rights
In the ruling, the arbitration court stated that Venezuela did not breach the Venezuela-Canada bilateral agreement and concluded that Venezuela's decision to terminate the agreement and take over control of Las Cristinas mine is by no means an expropriation.
According to the official communiqué, the top court established that the relevant investment was pursuant to the contract entered into by Venezuelan and Canada. Hence, Venezuela, complied with the provisions on standard fair and equitable treatment set forth in the bilateral agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
In the claim, Vannessa Ventures sought compensation for USD 1 billion from the Venezuelan government.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.