Caribbean Report 27-01-1992


Reports address the disruption of a political meeting held by the Prime Minister in Haiti, Rene Theodore in which his bodyguard was shot and killed and on speculations of the return of ousted President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. There are also reports on the reconsideration of the hosting of Carifesta by the Trinidad and Tobago government and on the consideration of new proposals. News out of Jamaica report on the stance of officials that they have been adhering to their comittments they undertook at the last Caricom summit in St. Kitts in light of questions raised on the seriousness to Caricom integration by Sir Shridath Ramphal. In St. Lucia the opposition claims that a planned meeting by the Constituency Boundaries Commission is for the realigning of political boundaries for the purpose of giving the ruling party an unfair advantage.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:36)
2. Report on the arrest of a police corporal following an attack by plain clothes policemen in Haiti at a political meeting organised by Prime Minister Designate Rene Theodore, in which his bodyguard was shot and killed (00:37-0058)
3. Michael Norton reports on the breaking up of the political meeting in Haiti and the shooting of a bodyguard (00:59-03:06)
4. Report on the four month period in which President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted from office and speculations on his possible return (03:07-03:35)
5. Interview with Trinidadian Loyd Best who spent a year in Port-au-Prince as a special adviser on elections, on his views of the possible return to office of the 38 year old Roman Catholic priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide (03:36-07:35)
6. Report on the new set of Carifesta proposals being considered by the Trinidad and Tobago government (07:36-08:00)
7. Debbie Ransome reports from Trinidad on the various proposals for Carifesta and the re-considering on the holding of Carifesta by the Trinidad and Tobago government in light of the response from Caribbean countries on reports of its cancellation (08:01-09:21)
8. Report on the meeting held with Dr. Howard Fergus, member of the West Indian Commission and his meeting with Mr. Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and thier discussion about Carifesta (09:22-09:46)
9. Airing of interview with Dr. Furgus and his views on the cost and other issues involved in hosting Carifesta (09:47-10:25)
10. Report on Jamaica's stance that it is living up to the responsibilities it undertook at the last Caricom summit in St. Kitts and the questioning of the seriousness of Caricom leaders on the issue of CARICOM integration, by Sir Shridath Ramphal (10:26-11:41)
11. Report on the Party's view in Saint Lucia of the unprecedented campaign of civil disobedience which will take place due to the planned meeting of the Constituency Boundaries Commission, which the opposition claims is for realigning constituency boundaries ahead of the general elections (11:42-12:10)
12. Report from Pete Ninvalle in Castries on the Constituency Boundaries issue, the airing of views by Opposition leader Julian Hunte and the planned demonstration outside the meeting scheduled to take place by the Constituent Boundaries Commission; there is also the airing of views by Michael Douglas of the opposition Dominica Labour Party and his weekend visit to St. Lucia which may have heightened concerns, as well as that of the leader of the Progressive Labour Party in Saint Lucia which is critical of the planned demonstration against the boundaries commission (12:11-14:44)