Caribbean Report 12-01-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:27)
2. In Haiti last night, President René Préval made an announcement which fell short of dissolving the parliament. Correspondent Michael Norton gives an analysis of the situation (00:28-04:16)
3. Recent developments in Haiti could have implications for its aspiration to become a full-fledged member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (04:17-04:31)
4. A Trans-Atlantic trade war is looming over the banana trade. Clare Doole reports that the United States announced that it will ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to approve its trade sanctions on some European goods, and that the sanctions will be eased once the European Union stops discriminating against Latin American grown bananas. There is now agreement on all sides for a review of the EU’s recent trade reform by a WTO panel (04:32-06:20)
5. Montserrat’s Chief Minister, David Brandt, feels vindicated by the coroner’s report on the deaths of nine people during the 1997 eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano. In an interview Chief Minister Brandt pointed out that if the families of the deceased applied for compensation, there will be no money because even the £75 million allocated to Montserrat by Great Britain for development is insufficient for the needs of devastated Montserrat (06:21-10:23)
6. Some former US congressmen now visiting Cuba say they support recent measures announced by the Clinton administration for the people of Cuba. Lewis Frey, president of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress, said in an interview that his organization supports the new US measures and it is understandable that the Cuban government is a bit cautious in accepting the measures (10:24-11:20)
7. Correspondent Emma Joseph reports on her investigation into the affair between Fidel Castro and Natalie Revuelta in the 1950’s as revealed in letters obtained by writer Wendy Gimbel (11:20-14:43)
8. A recap of the main stories (14:44-15:19)