United Nations officials have met with Guyana’s government to investigate a longstanding border dispute with neighbouring Venezuela.

The six-person UN team left yesterday after gathering information to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the next steps that should be taken regarding the dispute that has its origins in the 19th century.

Venezuela claims about 40 per cent of Guyana’s territory, which is rich with gold, diamonds, timber and other natural resources. A claim Guyana rejects.

Presidents of both countries met last month for UN-mediated talks in New York.

Guyana is pressing the UN to take the case to the International Court of Justice.

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