Caribbean Report 26-11-1991



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:44)
2. The US announces that a temporary base will be set up for Haitian refugees at a naval camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Chris Nottell reports with comments from Pete Williams, a chief spokesperson from the Pentagon who presented the proposal as a humanitarian act (00:45-02:26)
3. In St. Lucia, amidst widespread opposition to the proposal, three national organizations (National Youth Council, Farmers’ Association and the Catholic Church) are calling on the government to take in some refugees. Vernon Cooper, a prominent lawyer and newspaper columnist, states that military force is the only way to solve the Haitian crisis. Charles Rangel, a US Democratic Congressman, believes that the Caricom should take a more leading role in assisting the Haitians (02:27-08:30)
4. Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to sign an environmental framework agreement with the US under the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative. Interviews with Richard Bernal, Jamaican Ambassador to Washington and Prime Minister Michael Manley (08:31-10:56)
5. The Ditchley Conference on the Caribbean states has ended in London. Rickey Singh reports that Prime Minister Michael Manley’s concern about Caricom’s negative image overseas was borne out of comments at the Ditchley Conference (10:57-13:38)
6. Britain’s Privy Council has reserved judgement in two appeals brought by the attorneys representing 114 members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad (13:39-14:14)
7. Britain Court of Appeal cleared Winston Silcott, a Montserrat born and one of the Tottenham Three, for the murder of a police officer during 1985 riots in north London (14:15-14:53)