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Yearbook 2009

Guyana. The more than 100-year-old border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over the Essequibo region, corresponding to two-thirds of the territory of Guyana that Venezuela claims, became relevant again during the year, but for once in a constructive spirit. According to countryaah, the government opened in February and April for foreign exploration in the area, which is considered rich in gold and diamonds, among other things, without the usual protests from Venezuela.

2009 Guyana

In July, after a visit to Venezuela, Foreign Minister Elisabeth Harper announced that the two countries intend to jointly appoint a UN representative to oversee the talks on a definitive solution to the border conflict. At the same time, however, Guyana applied to a UN commission to extend its territorial water rights, which is believed to lead to tense relations with the other neighboring country Suriname.

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