Caribbean Report 09-04-1996



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:33)
2. More evacuations outside Montserrat's capital as large gas containers pose threat of disaster. James White, Jr reports (00:34-03:34)
3. Two top seismologists from Britain are sent to Montserrat as fears of a massive volcano eruption grows. Britsh Foreign Secretary pledges to help Barbaods and OECS States. Montserratians could be relocated to Guadeloupe and Antigua shoudl full scale evacuatlion from the island prove necessary. Minister of Foreign and Commonweatlh Affairs Malcolm Rifkind is interviewed (03:35-04:56)
4. The region's Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency says it continues to monitor the situation in Montserrat. One of CDERA's co-ordinators have already been despatched to the island. Deputy Coordinator of CDERA Audrey Mullings is interviewed (04:57-07:58)
5. British Foreign Secretary pledges to help Barbados and OECS states. Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Malcolm Rifkind and Prime Minister Vaughn Lewis are interviewed (07:59-10:00)
6. China has invited the President of the Cuban National Assembly Ricardo Alarcon to visit Beijing in the near future. The President of the Chinese National Assembly is in Cuba to discuss economic issues, politics and relations between the two countries. Rosie Hayes reports (10:01-11:44)
7. As the nurses strike continues in Guyana, Trinidad union salutes victory in a battle for payments which date back nine years. Tony Fraser reports (11:45-13:46)
8. The BBC is to close its Arabic Television Channel. It is a move press reports suggest is linked to its coverage of the British government efforts to deport Saudi Arabian dissident Mohammad Al-Massari. Ken Richards reports (13:47-15:28)