Caribbean Report 24-11-1992

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Title: Caribbean Report 24-11-1992
Author: Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Pitt, David, Lord of Hampstead (speaker); Glenconner, Colin Tennant, Baron, 1926-2010 (speaker); Chalker, Lynda, Baroness (speaker); Baptiste, Sandra (correspondent); Carrington, Edwin (interviewee); Coughlan, Geraldine (correspondent); Khan, Sharief (correspondent); Lyne, Jon (correspondent); Watson, Alex (speaker)
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1. Headlines (00:00-00:24)
2. The British Government has a workable interim solution to protect Caribbean banana exports if its European Market collapses after January 1st 1993. A brief statement to that effect was made last night in the House of Lords. Baroness Hooper, the Overseas Development Minister, made a plea to Latin American producers and expressed unhappiness with the current European Community proposal. Comments from Lord Glenconner and Lord Pitt of Hampstead (00:25-04:35)
3. The banana issue continues to hold center stage in the British Parliament. Later this evening the House of Commons will hear an adjournment debate on the future of the Caribbean’s preferential access to the banana market. Conservative MP for London, John Marshall will lead the debate (04:36-04:51)
4. CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington says while pressure must be maintained to save the Caribbean’s banana exports, that pressure must come from the entire region including the Latin Americans. Interview with Sandra Baptiste (04:52-06:02)
5. The airports and docks in Martinique and Guadeloupe remained closed today as banana farmers continued their protests blocking airports and major roads. Day two of their actions saw roads blocked with dumped fruit, transportation brought to a standstill, most businesses closed and tourists left stranded. The banana farmers hope to force the French Government to maintain preferential access for Caribbean bananas in the new year. The farmers spoke with journalist Geraldine Coughlan in French St. Martin (06:03-09:13)
6. Former Guyana President Desmond Hoyte has dropped Hamilton Green from his list of officials to represent the PNC on the opposition in Parliament. Green served as Prime Minister under Hoyte. Sharif Khan reports that the surprise move has renewed speculation of a serious rift within the PNC (09:14-11:26)
7. The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning the US trade embargo on Cuba. The vote today was passed by 59 to 3 with 71 abstentions. Voting among Caribbean countries were divided, only Jamaica, Haiti and Barbados voted in favour of Cuba’s resolution. The others abstained or were not present for the vote. Report from BBC's UN correspondence, John Layne. American Representative, Alex Watson insisted that the matter was not the concern of the General Assembly (11:27-13:33)
8. Former Haitian army leader Prosper Avril was detained today in when he tried to return from exile. Avril who had been in Florida since his removal from power two years ago, arrived in Port Au Prince aboard an American Airlines flight. He was ordered back on to the plane but refused to leave (13:34-14:21)
9. Miami authorities today found 62 Haitian refugees on a freighter which reached Florida. The 62 had reportedly paid US$500-$700 to get out of Haiti (14:22-14:44)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/48149
Date: 1992-11-24


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