Caribbean Report 17-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00-00:30)
2. Caribbean leaders request the US to slow down its march towards war on Iraq. Ralph Gonzalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines says this was aimed at both US President Bush and Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein. BBC’s Orin Gordon and Tony Fraser report (00:31-03:47)
3. Jamaica’s Opposition Party, the JLP adds to the pressure to remove Dr. Omar Davies, Finance Minister from office. Dr. Davies is in hot water over his admission about approved spending that gave his party the advantage in a previous general election. Radio Broadcaster Cliff Hughes reiterates the sentiments of MP Audley Shaw, who criticizes additionally the Minister’s poor economic timing (03:48-07:18)
4. Guyana’s Parliament will meet at the request of the country’s main opposition party, the People’s National Congress (PNC). MPs are to debate a motion proposed by the PNC as one of urgent national importance. Mr. E. Lance Carberry, Chief Whip of the PNC states that his party is offering the government an opportunity to discuss an impending national crisis. The BBC’s Colin Smith reports (07:19-09:23)
5. Baroness Valerie Amos, Minister for Britain’s Overseas Territories meets with Cayman Islands officials to help quell the political fallout from a failed money laundering case. Baroness Amos says that she is on board with the concerns about the island’s legislature of the affair. Alden McLaughlin, General Secretary of the Opposition People’s Progressive Movement says that he is unimpressed with the Cayman Islands' handling of the matter (09:24-11:16)
6. The black American civil rights organization NAACP is to create a new role for itself whereby it can advise the United Nations, Latin America, Middle East, and the Caribbean on economic and social issues. Margaret Hughes Ferrari, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN says that some in the international community may have some misgivings about the NAACP but the Caribbean has to take friends where they find them. BBC's Leslie Gordon Goffe reports (11:17 -13:06)
7. A fragile, rusty, yet valuable bell more than five hundred years old from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships becomes the object of legal wrangling between Spain and Portugal. The bell was due to be sold but Spanish police seized it after a legal challenge from Portugal. The BBC’s Rosie Hayes reports (13:07-15:30)