The Venezuelan government proposed a "high-level" meeting with Guyana on Saturday, amid tensions over the territorial dispute between the two countries over the oil-rich Esequibo region. President Nicolas Maduro had "telephone conversations with President (of Brazil) Luiz Inacio da Silva and the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines" during which he made a "proposal for a high-level meeting with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the date of which will be announced in the coming days," the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said, without specifying whether Georgetown approved the approach.
The government of Venezuela has "the goal of maintaining Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace." Maduro, the Caracas government clarified, also held talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. Brazilian President Lula, the initiator of the initiative, had previously expressed the "growing concern of South American countries" and suggested the start of a dialogue between the parties with the mediation of CELAC.
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