Venezuela and Britain reach a crisis in their ongoing dispute over
the boundary between British Guiana and Venezuela, centring on the
territory of Guayana Esequiba. The USA offers to arbitrate, but
British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury rejects their arbitration.
However, eventually he is forced to permit their involvement, under
the terms of the Monroe Doctrine which deemed that any disputes in
the Americas came within the purview of the USA.
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Editors. "Salisbury rejects US arbitration in British Guiana-Venezuela boundary dispute". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19172, accessed 04 December 2016.]