At U.N., Guyana blasts Venezuela over century-old border spat
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By Hugh Bronstein
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Guyana used the United Nations as a forum to blast Venezuela on Tuesday, accusing the neighboring oil powerhouse of "intimidation and aggression" related to a border dispute two days after the countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties.
In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Guyana's president David Granger accused his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, of cross-border bullying.
"There has been a series of acts of aggression by presidents of Venezuela against my country," Granger said, citing actions dating from 1968 to "President Nicolas Maduro's decree of May 2015."
The decree created a theoretical "defense" zone offshore that would, in Venezuela's eyes, leave Guyana with no direct access to the Atlantic Ocean.
Granger said Venezuela was four times as big as the former British colony and its armed forces were more than 40 times as big as Guyana's Defense Force.
He said Venezuela, "mindful of its superior wealth and military strength and unmindful of its obligation as a member state of the United Nations ... has pursued a path of intimidation and aggression."
A Venezuelan government representative was not immediately available for comment. Continuación...