The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban-Ki-Moon and President David Granger held a telephone conversation on Thursday about the ongoing controversy involving Venezuela’s claims to Guyana’s territory and maritime area.
The teleconference was a follow up of the meeting between the two which took place on the margins of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Barbados earlier this month.
In a statement from the Office of the Secretary General’s spokesman, it was stated that the Secretary-General took note of President Granger’s views regarding the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy and stated his intent to dispatch UN Secretariat staffers to undertake a mission to both Guyana and Venezuela.
Ban-Ki-Moon also expressed his willingness to further discuss the issue with the Presidents of both countries on the basis of the mission’s recommendations.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held discussions earlier this week with the UN Secretary General during a visit to the UN Headquarters in New York. Venezuela wants the UN to restart the Good Officer process but Guyana has already indicated that it does not intend to go that route since the process has yielded no success in the past.
Guyana has already indicated that it will be pushing for a judicial settlement.