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UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela
Published on March 2, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.

Dag Halvor Nylander
By the Geneva Agreement of 17 February 1966, Guyana and Venezuela referred to the secretary-general the decision as to means of settlement of the controversy that has arisen as the result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between Venezuela and what is now Guyana is null and void.

As announced on 16 December 2016, the secretary-general has concluded that the present good offices process -- which has been conducted since 1990 -- will continue until the end of 2017, with a strengthened mandate of mediation.

Nylander will conduct the good offices process on behalf of the secretary-general and will actively engage with the governments of Guyana and Venezuela with a view to exploring and proposing options for a solution to the border controversy between the two countries.

If, by the end of 2017, the secretary-general concludes that no significant progress has been made towards arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.

Nylander was the Norwegian special envoy to the Colombia peace process (2012-2016) and served as Norway's head of mission in Bogota, Colombia (2006-2008). Nylander was a delegate of his country before the United Nations in New York (2001-2004), and at the Norwegian embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1999-2001).

Born in 1969, Nylander is a lawyer from the University of Oslo and is fluent in English, Spanish and Norwegian.
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Dear Editor,

I've submitted this comment, but until now, haven't seen it yet?

Can you kindly inform me why?

Comment submitted earlier March 03:

I hope the rightful owner of the Essequibo land will be fairly recognized by a fair process.

The colonial power UK did much damage all over the world and if things have to be corrected, let it be, in peace.

It is amazingly loyal and very praiseworthy that Suriname until now did not take advantage to join Venezuela against Guyana.

Even though Guyana still shows aggression by occupying the disputed area with military force (...).

From New Yorks Times:

"... Here (border issue between Guyana and Suriname) the matter should be seemingly easier to settle. Both sides agreed that the Corentyne River was the boundary between Guyana and Suriname. But the question remained of its exact course inland, through the dense and largely unexplored interior. Schomburgk — him again — followed the river to its source to establish the border. But in 1871, Charles Barrington Brown resurveyed the area and found that the so-called New River was the ACTUAL SOURCE of the Lower Corentyne. (In Suriname, the New River is called the Boven-Corantijn, or “Upper Corentyne.”) The result is a triangular patch of territory between the two rivers and the Brazilian border: the New River Triangle.

Unlike the Venezuelan claim, which has remained dormant, violence has flared up occasionally around the Guyana-administered New River Triangle. In 1969, border skirmishes raised the specter of all-out war, though in 1971 both sides agreed to DEMILITARIZE (!) the area.



Dear editor,

Thank you for still posting my comment as i feared you censored.


If we still seek to be good neighbors Guyana/Suriname, Guyanese military should abandon Jaguar or "Tigri" immediately.

As the first correct step in eventually definitely solving the historical confusion.

That is IF we want to regain some credibility and to get some trustworthy back since the agreement of Chaguaramas in 1971...


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