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Maduro formally requests UN mediation in border dispute with Guyana

Wednesday, July 29th 2015 - 06:43 UTC
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“We will continue to work through diplomatic means,” Maduro said after the meeting. “We will overcome the provocations and aggressions of Granger.” “We will continue to work through diplomatic means,” Maduro said after the meeting. “We will overcome the provocations and aggressions of Granger.”
In a brief statement Ban's office said the Secretary General “reiterated his assurances of the readiness to discuss the way forward with both Governments”. In a brief statement Ban's office said the Secretary General “reiterated his assurances of the readiness to discuss the way forward with both Governments”.
President Granger in Washington said the controversy was “too much to bear for a country with fewer than a million people.” President Granger in Washington said the controversy was “too much to bear for a country with fewer than a million people.”

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for U.N. mediation in his country's century-old border dispute with neighboring Guyana. The controversy was discussed by Maduro and Ban at a meeting Tuesday morning in New York.

 “We will continue to work through diplomatic means,” Maduro told reporters after the meeting. “We will overcome the provocations and aggressions of [Guyanese President David] Granger.”

In a brief statement the UN media office said that “The Secretary-General met today with President of Venezuela, H.E. Mr. Nicolás Maduro.

”The Secretary-General congratulated the Venezuelan Government on its contributions to the global agenda, particularly as a member of the Security Council.

“He took note of President Maduro’s views regarding the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy and reiterated his assurances of the readiness of the UN Secretariat to discuss the way forward with both Governments”.

Guyana is a small former British colony of around 740,000 people on the northeast shoulder of South America. The controversy centers on land to the west of Guyana's Essequibo River, encompassing around two-thirds of the English-speaking nation.

The area has long been denoted on Venezuelan maps as a “reclamation zone,” while in practice Guyanese have long lived and mined there.

The controversy was revived in May after an offshore oil discovery by Exxon Mobil Corp which could be a major boost to the poor nation which depends heavily on rice, gold, diamonds and bauxite.

Maduro signed a decree soon after the announcement that created a theoretical “defense” zone offshore that would, in Venezuela's eyes, leave the former British colony with no direct access to the Atlantic Ocean.

Guyana described the decree as a “flagrant violation of international law.”

Granger, elected Guyana's president in May, spoke in Washington last week about the dispute, saying the controversy was “too much to bear for a country with fewer than a million people.”

Relations between the two nations were warm under Venezuela's former president Hugo Chavez but cooled significantly when Maduro took power in 2013. Critics of Maduro say Venezuela's high inflation, crime and his low approval ratings have led him to use Guyana as a distraction.

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  • Skip

    Guyana is being PROVOCATIVE and AGGRESSIVE?

    Why, are they plotting to invade half of Venezuela and take control of their entire EEZ?

    Numpty!

    Jul 29th, 2015 - 07:08 am 0
  • Conqueror

    What a typical load of latam bullshit. The border was settled by arbitration in 1899. The matter wasn't raised again until 1962. Out of time, surely. PROVOCATIVE and AGGRESSIVE? Who detained an oil exploration vessel conducting seafloor surveys on behalf of the government of Guyana? Time for the Royal and US Navies to take a hand?

    Jul 29th, 2015 - 10:05 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    ”The Secretary-General congratulated the Venezuelan Government on its contributions to the global agenda, particularly as a member of the Security Council.”

    Get rid of Moon and/or get rid of the UN. At least get it out of the free world. It seems to be a place to gather for dictocrats and a location for shopping sprees of what they can't get at home. Dictocrats...GO HOME.

    Jul 29th, 2015 - 10:37 am 0
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