Venezuelan Foreign Minister meets with UN Secretary General over border dispute with Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 13 October 2016 to discuss Venezuela's territorial dispute with Guyana over the oil-rich Essequibo region. Rodríguez stated that Guyana has taken unilateral action in the Essequibo and expressed to the Secretary General that Guyana's statements about Venezuela do not contribute to a climate of trust between the neighboring countries (Globovisión). After meeting with Ban, Rodríguez announced she and the Secretary General are in the process of selecting a Good Offices envoy to mediate in the dispute with Guyana, as per the 1966 Geneva Agreement. La Patilla reported that Rodríguez also met with Secretary General-elect António Guterres and noted this is the fourth meeting Rodríguez and Ban have held about the Essequibo in 2016.