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Essequibo region

UN to hold emergency meeting at Guyana's request on Venezuelan claim to a vast oil-rich Essequibo region

Why in News:

  • The UN Security Council recently arranged an emergency meeting due to Guyana’s request. 
  • This was in response to Venezuela’s recent vote claiming ownership over the Essequibo region.

Key points:

  • Location: The Essequibo region is in the middle of the Guiana Shield, an area in northeast South America. The region covers about 61,600 square miles.
  • Importance to Guyana: This region makes up about two-thirds of Guyana’s total area.
  • Importance: Essequibo is one of the world’s four remaining untouched tropical forests. The area is rich in oil and minerals, making it economically important.