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US Secretary of State Dean Rusk sends British Foreign Minister Lord Home a letter addressing concerns about Guyana President Dr. Cheddi Jagan that had been discussed in previous correspondence (see August 18, 1961 and August 11, 1961). He writes: “I must tell you now that I have reached the conclusion that it is not possible for us to put up with an independent British Guiana under Jagan… These considerations, I believe, make it mandatory that we concert on remedial steps.” [US Department of State, 8/11/1961]

Entity Tags: Cheddi Jagan, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, David Dean Rusk

Timeline Tags: US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

The US State Department drafts a planning document titled, “Possible Courses of Action in British Guiana.” In it, its authors ask: “Can we topple [Dr. Cheddi] Jagan while maintaining at least a facade of democratic institutions,” and “Can the PPP be defeated in new elections without obvious interference?” The paper observes that “it is unproven that CIA knows how to manipulate an election in British Guiana without a backfire.” The document also notes: “Disclosure of US involvement would undermine our carefully nurtured position of anti-colonialism among the new nations of Asia and Africa and damage our position in Latin America. It could also strengthen Jagan over the long term if he became a ‘martyr of Yankee imperialism.’” [US Department of State, 3/15/1962]

Entity Tags: Cheddi Jagan, US Department of State

Timeline Tags: US International Relations, US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

October 9, 1992: Jagan Wins Guyana Elections

The first completely free parliamentary elections since independence (see May 26, 1966) are held and Dr. Cheddi Jagan is re-elected. [GlobalEdge, 2005; BBC, 12/9/2005]

Entity Tags: Cheddi Jagan

Timeline Tags: US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

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