Rabin Parmessar, an assemblyman for the National Democratic Party, said he was not satisfied with the lack of consultation with local authorities during the legislative process.
The National Assembly of Suriname began discussions on the solution of the border dispute with French Guiana, including the joint declaration of the shared administration of the rivers Maroni and Lawa, and the joint development of the border area.
This proposal was presented on December 8, 2021, as reported this Saturday, but it was not accepted by the opposition, which criticized it by mentioning that these things should be studied carefully.
Rabin Parmessar, a member of the National Democratic Party assembly, told local media that he was not satisfied with the lack of consultation with local authorities in the legislative process.
For this reason, Parmessar described these discussions as discrimination, and the attention given to this bill is not enough.
In 1861, a French-Dutch commission included the two rivers, and concluded that the Lake was the main river. This disappeared when gold was discovered in the area between the rivers in 1885, leading to a border dispute.
To resolve the conflict, the two powers agreed on November 29, 1888 that the decision be made by an independent arbitrator.
The arbitrator then ruled that the Lawa River should be considered a boundary river, in favor of Suriname.
The agreement presented today declares that the Lawa River is a border, so that French Guyana has equal rights to the waters, despite the fact that in 1888 it was shown that it belonged to Suriname.
Many opposition legislators expressed their opinion that it is unacceptable that this bill was considered without consultation with the local population.