Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2016

Unfinished business: U.N. Boss to assess Guyana-Venezuela border dispute before departure

un-secretary-genera-ban-ki-moonGEORGETOWN  — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has promised to look into the Guyana/Venezuela border dispute before his term of office ends.

Speaking at a meeting with Guyana President David Granger on Saturday, Mr Ban said his assessment would most likely be delivered in November.

Granger has committed to providing the Secretary General with any additional information needed to compete the assessment.

“We have been very impressed with the seriousness with which you have approached the problem and your own sincerity… We have been personally convinced that you want to bring closure to this matter,” the president told Mr Ban.

Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Guyana-born Sir Shridath Ramphal, and Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge also attended the meeting with other officials of Guyana’s Foreign Ministry.

Guyana has been trying to persuade the United Nations to recommend a judicial settlement to the longstanding dispute.

At a press conference last week, the Guyana president expressed satisfaction with efforts being made by the UN Secretary General to reach a satisfactory solution to the decades-old border row between the two South American countries.

“I am satisfied with what the Secretary-General has done; I am not satisfied that the Bolivarian Republic [of Venezuela] has acted in good faith. It is clear that much more needs to be done by Venezuela if this matter is to be resolved…

“In my experience over the last 50 years I have not seen a Secretary-General so engaged in this matter, he has done everything possible over the last year since first meeting in Bridgetown. I am convinced of his sincerity in trying to bring this matter to closure,” Granger told the press.

Despite agreeing to the 1899 Tribunal award to settle the border dispute, Venezuela has recently resumed laying claim to the disputed territory, alleging corruption on the part of the 1899 tribunal which ruled in Guyana’s favour.

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