UN name Norwegian Diplomat to Mediate Venezuela-Guyana Dispute
(1 March 2017)
A new envoy has been appointed to resolve a border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana.
The dispute, which dates from the early 19th century, was reignited in 2015 when Venezuela claimed that an offshore oil concession granted by Guyana is in disputed waters.
Venezuela has claimed the waters off the Essequibo, a disputed territory that borders Venezuela and encompasses more than half of Guyana.
Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway has been appointed until the end of 2017 to help broker a deal between the two countries. If no progress is made, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has indicated that the International Court of Justice will be the next step unless both governments jointly request that he refrain from the involvement of the ICJ.