CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is scheduled to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Tuesday in New York to discuss territorial dispute over the Essequibo region with neighboring Guyana.
"Pdte @NicolasMaduro will meet with Ban Ki Moon to defend the nation from Guyana's aggressions," Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez wrote on her Twitter account.
"U.N. Secretary General will receive direct reports from our president who will defend Venezuela's rights and sovereignty over the Essequibo region," said Rodriguez adding Maduro will journey to New York on Monday night for the "special meeting" Tuesday.
Rodriguez had met Ban on July 10th and handed him a letter from Maduro requesting for good offices and mediation from the U.N. to resolve the controversy with Guyana.
The Secretary General "acknowledged the receipt of the president's letter regarding the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela and reaffirmed his willingness to discuss a way forward with both the governments."
The boundary dispute over the Essequibo, a region of 167,839 sq. kilometers (64,800 sq. miles), which accounts for two-third of Guyana's land, and its Atlantic seaboard, has been constantly under U.N. mediation since the signing of 1966 Geneva Agreement by both the countries.
On May 20, U.S.- based ExxonMobil announced discovery of significant oil deposit in the coastal waters of the contested region.
Recently, Venezuela requested Ban to appoint a new mediator to resolve the territorial dispute, an appointment to be adopted by consensus of both the countries, although Guyana has declined to comment on whether it will approve the appointment.
Guyana rejected the United Nation's Good Officer Process, alleging Venezuela has used it to keep the territorial dispute over the region unsettled.