Caribbean Report 09-07-1998

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Naismith, Electra (anchor)
The British Broadcasting Corporation
Osana, Roy (correspondent)
Arthur, Owen (interviewee)
Foulkes, Arthur (interviewee)
Orr, Carol (correspondent)
Brandt, David (interviewee)
Duncan, Neville (interviewee)
Worley, Frank (correspondent)
Greaves, Keith 'Stone' (correspondent)

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1. Headlines with Electra Naismith (00:00-00:26)
2. Caribbean Small States plead their case to the international money lenders. The threat to Small Island trade preferences has been a major concern of the countries. The trade issue has been given a high profile at the 19th CARICOM Summit. Prime Minister Owen Arthur, OAS Secretary General Christopher Thomas and the Bahamas High Commissioner to London Arthur Foulkes are interviewed. Roy Osana reports 00:27-02:53)
3. The leadership of Jamaica's main Opposition party is in question. Jeremy Thomas of the Jamaica Labour Party is interviewed and Carol Orr reports (02:54-04:36)
4. Montserrat's Chief Minister David Brandt says he intends to push for electoral reforms on the island. Caribbean Political Scientist Neville Duncan and Chief Minister David Brandt are interviewed (04:37-07:46)
5. Puerto Rico has reopened for business following the island's two-day general strike. The extent of the impact of the strike on the island's economy is discussed by journalist Frank Worley (07:47-09:04)
6. In the Dominica, Republic President Leonel Fernandez has ordered an investigation into the death of a university student following violent clashes between students and riot police during a dispute over planned changes in the institution in Santo Domingo. Keith 'Stone' Greaves reports (09:05-10:22)
7. Trinidad and Tobago's Law Commission has submitted draft legislation to the government's top legal advisers who would replace a landmark Privy Council's ruling. Under the ruling the Council declared that it was inhumane to execute convicted murderers after they had been on death row for more than five years. Tony Fraser reports (10:23-11:43)
8. Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago today confirmed that the former Surinamese military leader Desi Bouterse is in the country. The Dutch government has sent a formal request to Port of Spain for his arrest and extradition. Foreign Minister Ralph Maraj is interviewed (11:44-23:51)
9. Caribbean football is in the World Cup final despite the Reggae Boyz absence. Warren Gordon reports (12:52-15:28)