Caribbean Report 07-04-1997


In Trinidad and Tobago another member of the opposition People’s National Movement has defected to the government. Next, the United States may soon find it easier to get the Dominican Republic to return suspected criminals who commit crimes in the US and then flee home to the Caribbean. Next, plans have been approved by the Dutch Antilles parliament to save Curacao based Antillean Airlines. Next, in Haiti there was a low voter turnout on Sunday for the local elections. A US observer describes the situation as a lost opportunity to boost democracy. Next, talks are ahead in Tobago in preparation for the upcoming external negotiations for a Lome successor agreement. Next, a US cardinal hopes that next year’s papal visit to Cuba will enhance the role of the church there. Next, the crisis over Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence and the Commonwealth’s response at the time are among secret and restricted files that are now being made available to the public. Concluding, a row is continuing between the Antiguan Cricket Association and two newspaper journalist covering the fourth test in St Johns. They were again evicted today from the press box by Antiguan police after defying an Antiguan Cricket Association band on them.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:28)
2. Another PNM defector joins Trinidad and Tobago's governing UNC party. Errol Pilgrim reports (00:29-03:39)
3. In the Dominican Republic laws are being introduced which are intended to soften laws which forbid the extradition of Dominican citizens to the United States. Leslie Goffe reports (03:40-05:37)
4. Antillean Airlines to cut more than a hundred jobs in a bid to survive and fine-tuning a regional approach. Conrad Aleong, President of ALM is interviewed (05:39-08:26)
5. Low voter turnout for elections in Haiti (08:27-09:18)
6. A successor agreement to Lome IV. Edwin Carrington, Secretary General is interviewed (08:27-09:18)
7. A papal visit to Cuba next year may enhance the role of the church there. Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston is interviewed (12:22-14:06
8. Previously closed files from the archives of the Commonwealth Secretariat for the 1964-1966 period could now be accessed by scholars (14:07-14:31)
9. 8. A row is brewing between the Antigua Cricket Association and two newspaper journalist (14:32-15:30)