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Guyana applies to extend maritime border

Guyana applies to extend maritime border

Guyana has asked the United Nations to extend the South American country's maritime boundary to allow it to exploit an offshore basin believed rich in oil and natural gas deposits.
Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett says the government has submitted documents applying for the extension beyond its current 200-mile (322-kilometer) exclusive economic zone.
The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea allows participating states to potentially extend their existing sea boundaries by 150 miles (241 kilometers).
The foreign minister said Wednesday that Guyana will have to negotiate new boundaries with neighboring states if its application succeeds. She says the country has "a strong case."
It's not clear how long a decision might take.