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  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maudro (L) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, July 28, 2015.
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    4 August 2015

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maudro (L) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, July 28, 2015.

A sector of land was severed from Venezuela by the British in the 19th century and became part of what is today Guyana. Venezuela’s challenge to that assumed ownership tackles historical and modern-day colonialism.

Exxon Mobil Stirs Border Dispute Between Venezuela and Guyana

In May, Exxon Mobil reported that it had made a “significant oil discovery” in a maritime area disputed by two neighboring South American countries, Venezuela and Guyana. In spite of the long-running border dispute, which dates back to the colonial period, the oil giant was given unilateral permission to explore through an agreement with Guyana.

Venezuela considered that agreement a “provocation” and called for a dialogue between the two nations to settle the dispute in line with a 1966 agreement. President Nicolas Maduro, has described the “serious campaign, promoting hatred and distrust, which is promoting negative elements about Venezuela,” with foreign petroleum lobbies provoking the situation to undermine growing solidarity between Latin American and Caribbean countries. Read More

US Targets Venezuela Using Border Dispute as Pretext

The ongoing border dispute between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its eastern neighbor Guyana is no simple disagreement over an arbitrary line on a map. Actually, it is a conflict of significant political and economic dimensions, one which will have deep and far-reaching geopolitical implications in the near and long term. Read More

Maduro Talks to teleSUR Part 1: Guyana Border Dispute

In this exclusive interview with teleSUR, Venezuela’s president calls on Guyana’s president to resume talks over a piece of land west of the Essequibo river, which was looted from Venezuela by the British empire for its rich natural resources. He says these resources are still causing external factions to interfere to provoke tensions over the land and within Venezuela. Read More

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