Caribbean Report 26-01-1998


The British government remains tight-lipped on whether it will grant full British citizenship to its dependent territories. Montserrat's Chief Minister David Brandt states that there was consensus among the Caribbean dependent territories on the issue of British citizenship. In Guyana, the list of auditors proposed by CARICOM has still not been finalized. However, Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr. Carla Barnett comments on the delay of this process. A major CARICOM investment mission to South Africa has been joined by a trade mission from Jamaica. In Cuba, the lasting legacy of the visit of Pope John Paul II is discussed. The world looks on with high hopes that the media coverage of a more open Cuba will lead to a relaxation of US policy towards Cuba. However, Marc Theissen, the spokesman of US Senator Jesse Helms, states that no such slacking is in order. Meanwhile, a sex scandal in Washington has shifted attention as President Bill Clinton has emphatically denied that he ever had sexual relations with White House volunteer Monica Lewinsky. Rickey Singh comments on whether marital infidelity can end political careers in the Caribbean.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Moya Thomas (00:00-00:23)
2. The British government remains tight-lipped on the issue of citizenship for its dependent territories (00:24-02:39)
3. The CARICOM audit team for Guyana's elections still to be finalized (02:40-04:45)
4. The lasting legacy of Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba (07:15-09:10)
5. High hopes that the Pope's visit to Cuba would lead to a softer US policy towards the country (09:11-11:33)
6. Scandal in the US as President Bill Clinton denies he had sexual relations with a White House volunteer (11:34-15:05)