Caribbean Report 11-12-1991



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:34)
2. Cuban President Fidel Castro has condemned the United States for housing Haitian refugees at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay and plans to take his complaints to the United Nations. He told a rally of schoolchildren that the US speaks of human rights and then builds a concentration camp for Haitians. Lionel Martin reports on the comments by President Castro and that Cuba is also now developing a refugee problem of its own (00:35-03:06)
3. Haiti is in search of a Prime Minister who will get the nod of approval from ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the authorities that took over after the September coup. The two candidates to work with the President are former World Bank official Marc Bazin and Communist Party leader Rene Theodore. Michael Norton reports from Haiti that the choice of these two men is still not likely to be acceptable to all sides (03:07-05:52)
4. There is still some uncertainty over the future of Pan Am Caribbean routes which are now being sought by United Airlines United. United was as locked in discussions today with US authorities over its bid to replace Pan Am on the Latin American and Caribbean run. Lyn Martin-Stein, United’s Vice President for Corporate Communications noted that the airline has not yet decided on the level of service to the region (05:53-07:05)
5. The leader of Trinidad and Tobago's People's National Movement, Patrick Manning, says his party would not engage in victimization if it wins next Monday's general elections. In an interview, Mr. Manning commented on some concerns that the members of his party might seek to victimize those who had moved up under the ruling National Alliance for Reconstruction over the last five years (07:06-09:04)
6. They are rolling the dice in St. Lucia over where the casino gambling should be introduced. Pete Ninvalle reports from Castries that issue has surfaced again just as the election campaigning heats up. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning, Osbert Duvain and Prime Minster John Compton make compelling cases for the introduction of casinos; while Theo Joseph, Catholic priest, reaffirms their position against the opening of casinos on the island (09:05-12:32)
7. An all-party opposition meeting on preparations for upcoming elections in Guyana did not come off as planned last night. Sharief Khan reports from Georgetown that this could signal the death of the opposition group the Patriotic Alliance for Democracy (12:33-14:49)