Caribbean Report 29-12-2000



Table of Contents

1. Headlines: (00:00-00:27)
2. President A. N. Robinson has refused to swear in the defeated candidate in the December 11 general election as a Minister of National Security. According to Mr Panday, President Robinson said he is awaiting legal advice. (00:28-02:30)
3. Guyana’s two leading political parties are uncertain as to which party will govern the country after the January 17 date for election has been pushed back. The opposition party has called for an interim government but this was rejected by the ruling party. (02:31-06:25)
4. The St Lucian Banana Growers Association is facing deep financial difficulties. As a result, the former chairman has resigned as a board member. (06:26-08:54)
5. The elected Haitian President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide has assured the United States that his government will carry out democratic reform to restore international trust when he assumes office. (08:55-12:24)
6. It has been estimated by the authorities in Kingston that there were 15, 000 - 18, 000 Jamaicans in American state and federal prisons. Convictions include child smuggling, drugs and gun related offences. (12:25-14:25)
7. British police reported that two men who fell from a British Airways aircraft over southern England were believed to be stowaways from Cuba. (14:26-15:23)