Caribbean Report 28-07-1993

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The British Broadcasting Corporation



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1. Headlines (00:00-00:35)
2. A Bill has been tabled in the US House of Representatives setting out plans for American assistance in a post Castro Cuba. The Bill states that the US will provide financial, educational and humanitarian support to a transitional government that excludes Castro’s government and elections to be held under international supervision. The Bill has been tabled by Democratic Representative, Robert Menendez. Interviews with Robert Menendez, Democratic Representative and Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, Professor of Economics, Florida International University and Expert in US/Cuba affairs (00:36-07:00)
3. A decision by the Dutch government to withdraw its aid from Suriname’s structural adjustment program may force the government into considering alternative funding, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The program drawn by the British firm, Coopers & Lybrand was commissioned jointly by the Dutch government and the European Community (EC) with inputs from the World Banks and the IMF. Both the EC and the IMF have criticized Suriname for only partially implementing it. Interview with [Bishen Mungal], Professor of Economics in Suriname (07:01-09:21)
4. Former US President, Jimmy Carter has been approached by Haitian Army General, Raoul Cedras to help with the implementation of a UN brokered plan to restore democracy to Haiti. Following the request, President Carter has been having talks this week with both General Cedras and President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The details meetings have not been divulged but they raise several issues including the involvement of President Carter at this stage in the process. Interview with Robert Pastor, Director of Latin American Studies at the Carter Center (09:22-13:01)
5. Ousted Haitian President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide has formally asked for a one-thousand-member multinational force to help in the restoration of democracy in Haiti. In a letter to UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, President Aristide states that the mission should be deployed as soon as possible. Interview with Steven Forester, Supervisor, Haitian Refugees Center in Miami (13:02-14:50)
6. The Haitian Senate Leader, Eddy Dupiton was shot in the arm in Port-au-Prince. The shooting was condemned by UN Envoy to Haiti, Dante Caputo who said it demonstrated the urgent need to restore democracy (14:51-15:08)