Caribbean Report 05-09-1988



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Trinidad and Tobago drafts AIDS discrimination legislation to protect AIDS victims. This legislation is the first of its kind in the region. BBC correspondent Hugh Crosskill interviews Ms Beulah Duke, coordinator of Trinidad and Tobago’s AIDS program regarding the draft legislation. Ms. Duke notes that the legislation is meant to protect the both rights of those infected as well as the rights of those who are not. (00:31-03:29)
3. Attempts by the US to bring senior foreign officials to justice for alleged involvement in drug trafficking have brought a “diplomatic backlash” from CARICOM leaders who complained directly to President Reagan that the US was going too far in the drug war and could provoke a rift between the US and its Caribbean allies. Pending a response from President Reagan to CARICOM, BBC correspondent Allan Tomlinson interviews Ann Wrobleski, American Assistant Secretary of State for Narcotic Affairs. Wrobleski notes that despite the complaint, the US would not back down as it seeks to protect itself despite risks to foreign relations. She further notes that despite the high level profile of certain individuals, investigations had to continue based on clear evidence and a judicial process. (03:30-07:15)
4. Financial Report. Pat Whitehorn BBC Correspondent briefly interviews BBC’s economic correspondent James Morgan regarding an overall assessment of the Cocoa and Coffee markets. (07:23-09:21)
5. Black British M.P. Bernie Grant speaks with the BBC’s Pat Whitehorn regarding some areas of concerns arising out of a holiday trip to the Caribbean. Among his concerns is Britain’s failure to keep post-Independence financial aid commitments to some of its former colonies in the Caribbean. He notes that the criteria for accessing assistance grants and loans to these former colonies was too strict. In light of poverty levels and hardships being experienced by these small states, Mr. Grant promises to seek an explanation when he returns to Britain, as to why the available funds are not being accessed. Another area of serious concern for the M.P. is the pending European single market and its impact on exports from the Caribbean. (09:25-12:16)
6. Amidst mounting calls for English cricketer Graham Gooch to be banned from the English tour of India, and threats of cancellation of the tour by the England Test and County Cricket Board if Gooch is denied a visa, Hugh Crosskill speaks to West Indies Cricket Board President Clyde Walcott for his views on the situation as well as the West Indies’ position on its players with links to South Africa. Walcott notes that in an effort to avoid a split in cricket along racial lines, a resolution was drafted and was soon to be tabled. He notes however, that essentially any players from visiting teams who are disallowed by governments would have to be replaced. (12:17-14:33)