Salisbury rejects US arbitration in British Guiana-Venezuela boundary dispute

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Historical Context Note

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
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