Caribbean Report 01-03-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Debbie Ransome (00:26)
2. A Haitian Senator Jean-Yvon Toussaint was shot and killed in the capital Port-au- Prince. The shooting has increased fears that the country’s nineteen month political stalemate in electing a Prime Minister could lead to an escalation of violence. Correspondent Michael Norton provides an update on the political crisis (00:27- 02:50)
3. Haiti is listed as one of the agenda items on the agenda at the CARICOM meeting of Foreign Ministers in Paramaribo Suriname. Suriname Minister of Foreign Affairs cites Haiti as a critical discussion point and describes the process of Haiti entering CARICOM as a full fledged member in spite of the ongoing crisis. Other agenda items include CARICOM relationship with US, Japan, Argentina and Europe and trade and globalisation (02:51 – 05:23)
4. The ongoing trade war between the US and European Union (EU) is moving slowly towards resolution. An arbitration panel from the World Trade Organization will report on the extent of US sanctions against EU goods. Kimberly Anderson Thomas reports on the ongoing negotiations (05:24 - 07:17)
5. Spain has ordered Australian businessman Christopher Skase to leave the country. Mr. Skase is wanted in Australia in connection with the 1989 collapse of his media company Qintex. Humphrey Carter reports on the expulsion order (07:18 – 10:19)
6. Anguillans are in the final stages of election campaigning with sixteen candidates endorsing election guidelines with instructions for non-engagement in character assassination, desisting from empty political promises and racism as proposed by the Anguillan Christian Council. Opposition leader Osborne Fleming discusses confrontational politics and his choice of addressing political issues. Chief Minister Hubert Hughes predicts his victory in the polls. Correspondents Wakefield Richardson and Ken Richards report on campaigns of the political parties Anguilla United Party, Anguilla Democratic Party and Anguilla National Alliance (10:20 – 13:01)
7. Four dissidents in Cuba have gone on trial charged with sedition. The trial is being conducted behind closed doors with both media and diplomats excluded. The four were arrested in July 1997 and if found guilty could be sentenced for up to six years. Diplomats, opposition activists and journalists have been arrested or confined to their homes. There are calls from the international community including the Vatican and Cuba’s trading partners in Europe and Canada for their release. Tom Gibbs reports (13:02 – 15:20)