Caribbean Report 24-01-2000



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1. Headlines: (00:00-00:29)
2. The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez, who is caught up in a high profile international custody battle, are on their way to see their grandson in Miami. They arrived on Friday to intensify the campaign to take their grandson back to Cuba. A meeting with the U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno failed to produce results as President Clinton supports the return of Elian to Cuba (00:30-02:41)
3. Meanwhile Cuban authorities have stepped up their offences. Hundreds of grandparents have planned a rally and even soccer star Diego Maradona joined in the plea to return Elian home. As Orin Gordon reports the boy’s grandmothers had an uphill task while on their trip to America. Attempts are being made to work on legislations to make Elian a U.S. citizen. Meanwhile, Cuba has criticized the Clinton administration by not sticking by its ruling and should be returned to his father. In Europe where human rights is a major concern, no sentiments were expressed in the Elian case (02:42-04:25)
4. Haiti is once again troubled with political violence just 2 days after the U.S. troops were expected to pull out. Vandals and heavily armed men sacked offices and burnt registration materials in 3 southern towns over the weekend. The renewed unrest came on the eve of registration for March 19th elections. The question remains, who was behind the weekend unrest (04:26-08:04)
5. The dispute that has pitted Prime Minister Basdeo Panday against the man that he appointed President A. N. R. Robinson and it all revolves around the island of Tobago. The impasse between the two was sparked by President Robinson refusal to heed the advice of Prime Minister Panday and revoke the appointments of 2 Tobago Senators. President Robinson said that removing the 2 could have far-reaching consequences for the relationship between Trinidad and Tobago. The 2 Senators refused to support new tourism legislations (08:05 -10:52)
6. Some members of the green lobby in Britain are expressing reservations about plans by the British supermarket giant Sainsbury’s to encourage large scale organic cultivation in Grenada. Sainsbury’s has an operating budget that is 6 times that of Grenada and there are fears the island could get exploited. Clarice Charles, Grenada’s Agricultural Minister has expressed this concern as well. She says that discussions with Sainsbury’s are still in their infancy. (10:53-15:28)