• Short Summary

    TALKS AIMED AT SETTLING THE BORDER DISPUTE BETWEEN BRITISH GUIANA AND VENEZUELA OPENED IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    TALKS AIMED AT SETTLING THE BORDER DISPUTE BETWEEN BRITISH GUIANA AND VENEZUELA OPENED IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY). THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR MICHAEL STEWART, CONFERRED AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF BRITISH GUIANA, MR FORBES BURNHAM AND THE VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER, DR IGNACIO BORGES.

    THE TERRITORY IN DISPUTE IS 60,000 SQUARE MILES OF BRITISH GUIANA ON VENEZUELA'S EASTERN FRONTIER. IT WAS ALLOTTED TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN 1899 BY AN ARBITRATION COURT IN PARIS.

    VENEZUELA HAD NEVER RECOGNISED THE DECISION. ONE OF HER MAIN GROUNDS FOR THIS STAND IS THAT THE NATION WAS NOT REPRESENTED AT THE COURT BY A VENEZUELAN NATIONAL. THE COURT WAS COMPOSED OF TWO ENGLISHMEN, TWO AMERICANS AND A RUSSIAN.

    THE AREA STRETCHES FROM THE PRESENT BORDER EASTWARDS TO THE ESSEQUIBO RIVER, RUNNING ROUGHLY DOWN THE MIDDLE OF BRITISH GUIANA CLOSE TO THE DEMERARA ON WHICH STANDS THE CAPITAL, GEORGETOWN. THE VENEZUELAN CLAIM IS BASED PARTLY ON THE RECOGNITION BY PORTUGAL, ENGLAND AND HOLLAND IN TREATIES DATING FROM 1628 OF THE ESSEQUIBO AS THE DIVIDING LINE IN THE AREA BETWEEN SPANISH (NOW VENEZUELAN) AND DUTCH (NOW BRITISH) POSSESSIONS. THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT HAS CLAIMED THAT THESE TREATIES WERE DISHONOURED BY THE PARIS COURT.

    MR BURNHAM SAID EARLIER THIS MONTH: "WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP ONE INCH OF OUR TERRITORY. THE BORDER QUESTION WAS SETTLED ONCE AND FOR ALL IN 1899." NO IMMEDIATE STATEMENT WAS AVAILABLE AFTER TODAY'S LONDON TALKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAECVK5XGUFZVACDDKVNM4QG1NC
    Media URN:
    VLVAECVK5XGUFZVACDDKVNM4QG1NC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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