Caribbean Report 12-03-1996



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. A Cuban official says his country does not want an escalation of hostilities between Cuba and the United States. What consequences will the Helms-Burton Act have on the Cuban economy and its possible consequences for international trade. Carlos Cassio, Director of US Affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana and Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affair, Professor Larry Burns are interviewed. Ken Richards and Rosie Hayes report (00:31-07:27)
3. St. Lucia's John Compton is taking a cautious approach to the US proposed banana talks. Prime Minister John Compton is interviewed and Pete Ninvalle reports (07:28-09:14)
4. American business groups are determined to pressure governments of the hemisphere to begin negotiations for a Free Trade Area of the Americas. The groups are operating under the banner of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce. Tony Fraser reports (09:15-10:56)
5. Air Jamaica expects that its delay plans to fly Jamaica/Britain route will take effect by May. Air Jamican UK/Europe General Manager Tony Colds is interviewed (10:57-13:14)
6. Neighbouring Haiti and the Dominican Republic are trying to resolve their differences. Jean-Michel Caroit reports (13:15-14:33)
7. In London the Commonwealth Institute is continuing to fight for survial in the face of government cuts to the organisation's funding (14:34-15:21)