BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is offering assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.
Ban says his chief of staff will meet with Venezuela's foreign minister and might dispatch a mission to both countries.
Venezuela has long-claimed about two-thirds of Guyana and has become more insistent about a large marine area where Exxon Mobil Corp. says it made a significant oil discovery.
Ban spoke at a press conference Friday before a summit of the 15-member Caribbean Community in Barbados.
Ban also urged leaders of the Dominican Republic and Haiti to maintain a dialogue amid a crackdown on migrants.
In addition, he said the U.N. will provide Haiti with technical support for upcoming elections.