Suggested Bi-Lateral Resolution Annexing Guyana to the United States
(Guyana, USA Resolution)
Whereas the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, having in due form, signified its consent, in the manner provided by its constitution, to cede absolutely and without reserve to the United States of America all rights of sovereignty of whatsoever kind in and over the Cooperative Republic, and also to cede and transfer to the United States the absolute fee and ownership of all public, Government, or Crown lands, public buildings or edifices, ports, harbors, military equipment, and all other public property of every kind and description belonging to the Government of the Guyana, together with every right and appurtenance thereunto appertaining; Therefore
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That said cession is accepted, ratified, and confirmed, and that the said Guyana and their dependencies be, and they are hereby, annexed as part of the territory of the United States and are subject to the sovereign dominion thereof, and that all property and rights herein before mentioned are vested in the United States of America.
The existing laws of the United States relative to public lands shall not apply to such lands in Guyana; but the Congress of the United States shall enact special laws for their management and disposition: Provided. That all revenue from or proceeds of the same, except as regards such part thereof as may be used or occupied for the civil military, or naval purposes of the United States, or may be assigned for the use of the local government shall be used solely for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Guyana for educational and other public purposes.
Until Congress shall provide for the government of such islands all the civil, judicial, and military powers exercised by the officers of the existing government in said islands shall be vested in such person or persons and shall be exercised in such manner as the President of the United States shall direct; and the President shall have the power to remove said officers and fill the vacancies so occasioned.
The existing treaties of the Guyana with foreign nations shall forthwith cease and determine, being replaced by such treaties as may exist, or as may be hereafter concluded, between the United States and such foreign nations. The municipal legislation of the Guyana, not enacted for the fulfillment of the treaties so extinguished, and not inconsistent with this joint resolution nor contrary to the Constitution of the United States nor to any existing treaty of the United States, shall remain in force until the Congress of the United States shall otherwise determine.
Until legislation shall be enacted extending the United States customs laws and regulations to the Guyana the existing customs relations of the Guyana with the United States and other countries shall remain unchanged.
The public debt of the Republic of Guyana, lawfully existing at the date of the passage of this join-resolution, including the amounts due to depositors in the Guyana Postal Savings Bank, is hereby assumed by the Government of the United States; but the liability of the United States in this regard shall in no case exceed four million dollars. So long, however, as the existing Government and the present commercial relations of the Guyana are continued as herein before provided said Government shall continue to pay the interest on said debt.
The immigration laws of the United States shall now apply to Guyana;
- The President shall appoint five commissioners, at least two of whom shall be residents of the Guyana, who shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, recommend to Congress such legislation concerning the Guyana as they shall deem necessary or proper.
- That the commissioners herein before provided for shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
- That the sum of ten million dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and to be immediately available, to be expended at the discretion of the President of the United States of America, for the purpose of carrying this joint resolution into effect.
To be approved this date.