Caribbean Report 01-11-1995

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Crosskill, Hugh (anchor)
The British Broadcasting Corporation
Niles, Bertram (correspondent)
Waldron, Laurina (interviewee)
Sandiford, Erskine (interviewee)
Spencer, Baldwin (interviewee)
Gonsalves, Ralph (interviewee)
Richards, Ken (correspondent)
Maraj, Ralph (interviewee)
Bruce, Iain (correspondent)

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The British Broadcasting Corporation


In this report former Barbados Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford states that the CARICOM Assembly of Parliamentarians must be restricted to Members of Parliament (MPs). In Dominica, over one hundred farmers marched through the streets of Roseau to protest the planned dissolution of the Dominica Banana Growers Association. Some experts believe that the EU policy towards the Caribbean is in a state of flux. Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Minister Ralph Maraj comments on the need for continued preferential access for the Caribbean in Europe. In Haiti, there are renewed calls for President Aristide to stay in office beyond the date set to elect a successor. Stanley Schrager, spokesperson for the US Embassy comments on whether these calls could derail the electoral process. The former Prime Minister of St. Kitts/Nevis, Dr. Kennedy Simmonds accuses the government of political victimization. Cuban doctors are expected in South Africa next year to help alleviate that country's critical shortage of general practitioners.


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1. Headlines with Hugh Crosskill (00:00-00:33)
2. Former Barbados Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford stoutly defends the controversial idea for the CARICOM Assembly of Parliamentarians (00:34-03:55)
3. Farmers protest against the planned dissolution of the Dominica Banana Growers Association (03:56-04:24)
4. The EU rethinks its policy towards the Caribbean region (04:25-07:13)
5. The US expects President Aristide to honor his pledge to stand down after elections in Haiti (07:14-09:11)
6. In St. Kitts/Nevis the government responds to Opposition claims of political victimization (09:12-12:50)
7. Cuban doctors to offer assistance to South Africa to help alleviate the critical shortage of general practitioners (12:51-14:55)
8. Recap of top stories (14:56-15:20)