Caribbean Report 07-10-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Jessica Robertson (00:00 - 00:32)
2. As Grenada prepares to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the October 19 assassination of leader Maurice Bishop, members of the former revolutionary government sentenced to life in prison are publicly apologizing for acts committed. Lew Smith reports on recorded interview and acts of contrition for leaders Bernard Coard, Selwyn Strachan, Leon Cornwall and Ewart Lane. Senator Theophilus Marryshow, close ally of Maurice Bishop comments on the judicial procedure and state role in the process of releasing of prisoners and recovery of bodies in the aftermath of the coup (00:33 – 04: 45)
3. Haiti announced dates for legislative elections. CARICOM mission led by St. Vincent Prime Minister James Mitchell arrives in Haiti to evaluate how the regional body can assist Haiti prepare for elections. St. Vincent ambassador to Washington Kingsley Lane discuses assistance at CARICOM level (04:46 - 06:57)
4. Concern deepens in Georgetown Guyana over possible military intervention along the Guyana/Venezuela Essequibo border (06:58 – 07:52)
5. Caribbean region will soon be linked by a new airline. Eastern Caribbean Express is scheduled to come online in February 2000 and will be based in St. Lucia. This private sector venture is spearheaded by Air Jamaica major shareholder Butch Stewart. Philip Pierre St Lucia Tourism Minister, discusses the benefits of the new airline service (07:53 - 11:18)
6. Keith Stone Greaves reports on the effect of US presidential elections on politics in Puerto Rico including the closure of naval base Vieques and President Clinton’s clemency order for sixteen members of the armed forces of the national Liberation a militant group. Bob Freedman Washington Correspondent for San Juan Star Newspaper and radio Journalist Gary Tomlin comment on Republican and Democratic squabbles and internal politics in Puerto Rico (11:19 – 15:27)