Caribbean Report 23-02-1990


The diplomats of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries in Brussels are uneasy over the European Community’s drive to rebuild the crumbling economies of Eastern Europe. As a result, the Caribbean countries may face a reduction in European investments and exports to the single market. Secondly, Ronnie Brunswick, Suriname’s jungle commander appears anxious to repair his relationship with Desi Bouterse as he calls on the government to restore Bouterse to his role as peace negotiator. Following the Financial News, Dame Nita Barrow responds to last week’s statement by John Compton, Prime Minister of St. Lucia in which he outlined that the Dominican Republic’s plan to export bananas to Europe was yet another example of Latin America’s view of the English-speaking Caribbean. The report concludes with the appointment of Haitian born Ralph Hippolyte as the coach of the British senior men’s volleyball team. Mr. Hippolyte comments on imparting his skills to his native land and the development of a sporting programme in Haiti.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:37)
2. ACP diplomats in Brussels express fears that European Community will find more attractive investments in Eastern Europe. Shada Islam reports from Brussels (00:38-03:23)
3. Suriname's jungle commando, Ronnie Brunswick wants Desi Bouterse restored as peace talks negotiator. Chandra van Bennendijk reports with an interview with a member of the military authority (03:24-06:10)
4. Financial News (06:11-07:57)
5. Dame Nita Barrow, Barbados Ambassador to the United Nations responds to John Compton's assessment of Latin American-Caribbean relations (07:58-09:59)
6. Haitian coach choosen to lead the British senior men's volleyball team. Hugh Crosskill interviews coach Ralph Hippolyte (10:00-11:36)
7. Stories of Caribbean interest appearing in the British press (11:37-15:04)