Caribbean Report 06-12-1991



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. The 15th Miami Conference on the Caribbean ends today after a week spent examining the new challenges facing the region. Mike Jarvis reports that it is the impending formation of a North American Free Trade agreement that topped the agenda. Interviews with Peter Johnson, GoffeExecutive Director of Caribbean Latin American Action, the organizers of the conference and Canute James, journalist (00:31-04:13)
3. St. Lucia's Prime Minister, John Compton says Caribbean banana producers must keep the Chiquita Brands company at arm’s length. Mr. Compton was reacting to a proposal by Chiquita to assist Caribbean banana producers with financing, human resources and marketing (04:14-05:27)
4. In Haiti, hopes for the return of deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide have been raised by the arrival in Port-au-France of an OS negotiator, former Colombian Foreign Minister Augusto Ramirez who is trying to break the deadlock over Artistide’s return and the interim government's demand that the OS embargo should be lifted. Report from Michael Norton from Havana (05:28-07:49)
5. The Government of Antigua-Barbuda says it will accept between 10 and 15 Haitian refugees, along with the entire Haitian boxing team, which is preparing for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The leader of the opposition in Antigua, Baldwin Spencer, says government decision to take in Haitian refugees is little more than a token gesture. Mr. Spencer, who is critical of Caricom's approach to the Haitian situation, believes it will take more than an OS embargo to solve the country's deep-rooted problems (07:50-09:27)
6. The Jamaican drug gangster, dubbed Yadies by the British police, returned to haunt Britain this week and the Yardies are believed to be trading crack cocaine for British passports and moving in and out of the country. Report from Debbie Ramsome. Telephone interview with a member of the Society of Black Lawyers in London (09:28-13:20)
7. West Indies and India played to an exciting start in the opening match of the World Series Cup in Australia. Tony Cozier reports (13:21-14:40)