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International Disputes

CountryDisputes
VanuatuMatthew and Hunter Islands east of New Caledonia claimed by Vanuatu and France
Venezuela
  • claims all of the area west of the Essequibo River, preventing any discussion of a maritime boundary;
  • Guyana has expressed its intention to join Barbados in asserting claims before UNCLOS that the Trinidad and Tobago's maritime boundary with Venezuela extends into their waters;
  • Venezuela provides support to Colombia insurgents, leading to periodic crises
  • Colombia maritime boundary dispute in the Gulf of Venezuela and the Caribbean Sea;
  • US, France and the Netherlands recognize Venezuela's claim to give full effect to Aves Island, which creates a Venezuelan EEZ/continental shelf extending over a large portion of the Caribbean Sea;
  • Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines protest Venezuela's claim that Aves Island sustains human habitation and other states' recognition of it
  • Vietnamdemarcation of the land boundary with China continues, but maritime boundary and joint fishing zone agreement remains unratified; Cambodia and Laos protest Vietnamese squatters and armed encroachments along border; China occupies Paracel Islands also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan; involved in complex dispute with China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and possibly Brunei over the Spratly Islands; the 2002 "Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea" has eased tensions but falls short of a legally binding "code of conduct" desired by several of the disputants
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