Caribbean Report 21-12-1990



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Although the final election results have not yet been announced, Haiti’s president elect, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, invites all Haitians and political parties to join him in rebuilding the country. He also stresses that his government will be one of consensus and reconciliation. According to the Daily Telegraph in England, Hugh Crosskill reveals the details of Aristide’s plans. During the last three days, he also held secret meetings with foreign ambassadors and elections observers, including the former US President Jimmy Carter and the US Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America, Bernard Aronson. Soraya Patrick interviews one of the international observers, Leslie Griffith, British Methodist Minister, who concurs that the elections were indeed conducted in a free and fair manner (00:31-05:16)
3. Czechoslovakia further distances itself from Castro’s Cuba by ceasing to represent Cuban interest at its diplomatic missions in the United States. Report from Prague (05:17-07:20)
4. Lionel Martin reports from Havana that Cuban President, Fidel Castro, states that the Soviet Union may disintegrate. The Cuban president is also preparing the people for critical times ahead with the imminent dismantling of socialism and the collapse of the relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union. In the midst of the uncertain future, Castro is still adamant that Cuba will not open its doors to a market economy (07:21-08:48)
5. The free members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen are protesting against their inability to worship freely two weeks after the state of emergency has been lifted in Trinidad and Tobago (08:49-09:26)
6. Although the opening date has been delayed by two weeks, the plans for launching the regional stock exchange are on track. Sandra Baptiste reports that the stock exchange will initially involve the participation of Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Tony Johnson, Manager of the Securities Exchange of Barbados is interviewed (09:27-13:06)
7. Brief update on the upcoming seven programmes of BBC Caribbean Report from December 24 to January 1 (13:07-14:55)