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U.N. council seat adds twist to Guyana-Venezuela tensions

Guyana, an impoverished former British colony, controls the Essequibo region and the US$1 billion a year it generates.

Guyana has warned of a land and energy grab by Venezuela.
Guyana has warned of a land and energy grab by Venezuela. (AN/Dinesh Chandrapal/Unsplash)

Embroiled in a long-running border dispute with its larger neighbor Venezuela over a territory rich in natural resources, Guyana gained a potential diplomatic advantage by joining the U.N. Security Council.

Guyana, which ran unopposed for an elected seat last June, began its two-year term on the United Nations' powerful 15-nation council on Tuesday beside fellow newcomers Algeria, Sierra Leone, Slovenia and South Korea.

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