The border dispute between Suriname and Guyana has its roots in colonial times. As it turned out, the former mother countries, the Netherlands and Great Britain, had conflicting views on the border between their respective colonies. The resulting disputed territory was at independence transferred to the two newly formed states. This book sheds light on the genesis of the border dispute based on historical documents, while outlining the policy followed by the government of the Netherlands regarding this issue and further focuses on relevant aspects of international law and hitherto underexposed, if not hidden, historical facts. The author hopes that this publication could contribute to a balanced assessment of the problem by both governments in their pusuit of a peacefull solution of the border dispute.
Evert Guillaume Gonesh (1938) – previously known as Evert G. Azimullah – studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. In Suriname, he has been, among other positions, director of the Institute for International Law and International Relations and in 1981 organized the first Surinamese course for the training of diplomats, in cooperation with the Rio Branco Institute (Brazil) and the UNITAR (United Nations Institute on Training and Research). From 1983 to 1988, he was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname. He then entered diplomatic service and was Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Surinamese Embassy in Brussels from 1991 to 1995, concluding his career as Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname to the Netherlands (1995-2001), as well as Dean of The Hague Diplomatic Corps.