Caribbean Report 10-05-2000



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1. Headlines (00:00-00:28)
2. Ministers and officials from the Caribbean and the region’s British overseas territories are in London for the 2nd UK/Caribbean Forum to discuss issues such as trade and development, the fight against drugs, international crime, the environment, and cooperation on judicial matters, with Britain. (00:29-03:41)
3. David Faucet, Head of the British Trade Mission visiting Monserrat, stated that the island is again open for business after a series of volcanic eruptions which began five years ago all but wrecked the country. (03:42-06:6:30)
4. Panama has said that it will support a CARICOM bid to get the WTO to waive a €25B package under the new LOMÉ Agreement. The Panamanian team led by Foreign Minister José Miguel Alemán addressed CARICOM Foreign Ministers in Port of Spain. Panama also sought clarification on the preferential treatment regarding the Caribbean banana protocol. (06:31-08:45)
5. The Caribbean and the east coast of the United States can expect more hurricanes than last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States. The projection is 11 tropical storms and 3 or more major hurricanes due to the weather system, La Niña. (08:46-09:18)
6. Leader of Puerto Rico’s Independence Party has been detained after trespassing on the UN Navy bombing range on the island of Vieques. Ruben Berrios and Jorge Fernández Porto, entered the range as part of their campaign to end its use as a bombing range by the US Navy. The United States say the range is vital for training its armed forces. (09:19-09:57)
7. Two death row prisoners in Guyana have brought an unprecedented court action against the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Kenneth Sasso Kennard. The lawyers for the condemned men argued that the judges of the Appeal Court were not only in contempt by disobeying the order of the full court but they also compounded the contempt. (09:58-11:29)
8. Cuba has accused the European Union of forcing it to withdraw its bid for membership from the ACP group of countries by linking membership to human rights. Baroness Patricia Scotland said Britain takes human rights seriously and hopes Cuba will address the matter. (11:30-14:15)
9. An Appeal Court in Atlanta will begin hearing arguments tomorrow for the claim for political asylum by the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez. (14:16-15:15)