Relations with Brazil
Traditionally, relations between Guyana and Brazil have been
good. Brazil has provided small amounts of military assistance to
Guyana in the form of jungle warfare training and logistical
matériel. Brazil's military assistance to Guyana has been
contingent on Guyana's refusal of any military aid from Cuba. In
1975 United States allegations that Guyana was allowing Cuban
troops en route to the Angolan civil war to refuel in Guyana made
the Brazilian government nervous, and it briefly undertook military
maneuvers on its border with Guyana.
In the 1960s, both governments were anxious to complete a
highway that would link the Brazilian city of Manaus to Georgetown.
Completion of the highway would afford Brazil easy access to an
Atlantic port from its northernmost states, and Guyana would gain
direct access to Brazilian markets. In 1971 Brazil offered Guyana
technical assistance to complete the Guyanese portion from Lethem
to Georgetown. The offer was refused, however, and the road was not
completed until the early 1990s.
Data as of January 1992