Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is in the United States seeking United Nations support for a solution to a territorial dispute with neighboring Guyana.
Maduro told reporters Tuesday that he’d had a fruitful meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. He asked Ban to help resolve a border dispute with the much smaller Guyana over an area where a new oil discovery has been made.
Maduro says Ban is willing to send a U.N. commission to the two South American countries to mediate, possibly in September.
Venezuela long has claimed a significant chunk of Guyana, including an offshore area where the Exxon Mobil Corp. recently announced it made a significant oil discovery.