Guyana to seek help from United Nations for ending escalating border dispute with Venezuela

Guyana's government says it plans to formally ask the United Nations to intervene and help resolve an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela.

Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge said in a statement Saturday that it is time for what he called a "judicial settlement."

Venezuela has long claimed about two-thirds of Guyana west of the Essequibo river as well as a large marine area where Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it made a significant oil discovery.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to participate in a Caribbean trade bloc meeting in Barbados in early July.