Guyana Venezuela seek aid to settle border dispute
Guyana, Venezuela seek Annan's aid to speed up settlement of border dispute
Guyana and Venezuela are seeking to reinvigorate discussions under the aegis of Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a bid to resolve the nearly two-century-old border dispute between the two neighbours on the northern shoulder of South America, a United Nations spokesman said today.
Mr. Annan met with Foreign Ministers Samuel Insanally of Guyana and Roy Chaderton-Matos of Venezuela at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday at their request, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Oliver Jackman, was also present.
"In reviewing the situation, the
Foreign Ministers noted that relations between the two
countries were constructive and at a point that would ensure
future cooperation," Mr. Eckhard told a news briefing. "They
said that they wished to reinvigorate the discussions taking
place under the aegis of the Secretary-General in order to
resolve the controversy."