Caribbean Report 23-03-1990

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The British Broadcasting Corporation


James Mitchell, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was an observer at the recently concluded elections in Nicaragua. He was also a member of a group of Caricom leaders to meet with the US Vice-President, Dan Quayle and Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney in Europe. In Europe, he attended the Caricom banana meeting with the Dominican Republic. Prime Minister Mitchell is presently in London after visiting Hungary as an observer at this country’s first democratic elections since 1948. In an interview with Hugh Crosskill, he discusses the similarities between the elections in Nicaragua and Hungary and the inability of the Caribbean countries to immediately penetrate the European Single Market economy until the European countries restructure their economies. He also comments on role of Cuba, the sale of the Liat airlines, the signing of the banana agreement with the Dominican Republic and the expansion of the Caricom community.


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1. Headlines (00:00-01:08)
2. Live interview with the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, James Mitchell, after witnessing the historic elections in Hungary and Nicaragua (01:09-05:40)
3. Financial New. Interview with Michael Cassidy of the BBC Financial Unit (05:41-07:06)
4. Resumption of interview with James Mitchell, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (07:07-14:52)