Caribbean Report 22-06-1993



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:36)
2. In a bid to head off sanctions by the UN, Haiti’s military leader, General Raoul Cedras agrees to meet with deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. UN diplomats have welcomed the move but say it will not prevent the worldwide oil embargo from becoming effective at midnight. The sanctions are the toughest international pressure yet on the military rulers, aimed at restoring democracy. Michael Norton reports (00:37-04:08)
3. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide believes that the UN embargo will topple the coup leaders and pave the way for his return to government. But Father James Healy of the lobby group, Washington Office on Haiti, warns that if the ousted President returns to Haiti, it would not be without risk (04:09-04:57)
4. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the latest international body to express disappointment on the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the repatriation of Haitian refugees. Human rights’ lawyers have condemned the decision which backs President Clinton’s authority to return fleeing Haitians without processing their asylum claim. UNHCR says this contravenes international refugee treaties (04:58-05:24)
5. In Guyana, there are rumblings that expelled former Prime Minister, Hamilton Greene is forming a new political party. Although Mr. Greene has denied starting the group known as the Forum for Democracy, political allies have confided that he is behind it. Mr. Greene has been seen with the more militant organization, the House of Israel. Interview with David de Caires, Editor of the Stabroek News (05:25-07:58)
6. The Director of Trade and Agriculture at CARICOM Secretariat, Hayden Blades warns that the dispute in the GATT over banana imports could have wider implications as it threatens the Lomé convention and the concept of preferential agreements in world trade. Interviews with Hayden Blades, Director of Trade and Agriculture at CARICOM Secretariat and Denise Edwards, Jamaican Trade Commissioner for Europe in Brussels (07:59-11:02)
7. The WHO has issued a report on the spread of cholera throughout the world with deaths of over 2,000 for this year. Of note is the Organization’s figures which show no cases for the Caribbean region. This contradicts a recent finding by the medical authorities in Guyana. Interview with Dr. Ronald Waldman, WHO Cholera Task Force (11:03-14:09)
8. The authorities in Cuba have cancelled one of the country’s biggest annual rally, the anniversary of the 1953 failed attack carried out by Fidel Castro on the Moncada Army Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. The authorities say with the island’s worsening economic condition, they cannot justify the cost for this year (14:10-14:48)