NEW YORK -- The Foreign Ministers of Guyana and Venezuela met in New York on 28 and 29 October to discuss the border controversy between their two countries.
Dag Nylander, the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, facilitated discussions, organized within the framework of the Good Offices mandate entrusted to the Secretary-General under the Geneva Agreement of 1966.
The Foreign Ministers and their delegations exchanged views on issues related to the controversy with the aim of exploring options for a full agreement for its solution. They also reaffirmed their commitment to the Good Offices process and reiterated that their Governments will remain actively engaged with the Personal Representative.
The parties agreed to meet again to continue discussions within this framework, and to explore options for the resolution of the border controversy.
Secretary-General António Guterres appointed of Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his Personal Representative on the Border Controversy between Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in February of 2017.
By the Geneva Agreement of 17 February 1966, Guyana and Venezuela have 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.
"Mr. 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," the Secretary General said.
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.