Caribbean Report 30-06-1992



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:44)
2. As the Heads of Government Summit gets on the way, there is fear that Jamaica may decide to implement a unilateral rate deduction of the Common External Tariff (CET) should other member states continue to oppose the request to reduce the top rate. Correspondent Hugh Crosskill interviews Pat Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce. Correspondent Sandra Baptiste also reports on trade issues with comments by LeRoy Trotman, President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (00:45-07:37)
3. Haiti’s deposed President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a meeting with the Heads of Government at the Summit says that he desires to see the international community’s continued application of pressure on the de facto regime ruling Haiti. He also delivered a blistering attack on the Vatican. Human Rights Activists Jean-Claude Bajeux comments on Aristide’s return (07:38-09:34)
4. OAS Secretary General João Baena Soares agrees to a call by President Aristide for an OAS advanced team to be sent to Haiti prior to his being reinstated (09:35-10:22)
5. A Trinidadian high court judge rules in favour of an amnesty for one hundred and fourteen members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen. Correspondent Tony Fraser reports (10:23-12:10)
6. Former Prime Minister A. N. R. Robinson who had been held hostage by the Jamaat al Muslimeen says he has no bitterness over the hostage crisis (12:11-13:04)
7. Four Eastern Caribbean countries, Dominica, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, are in the middle of an international row taking place in Scotland over commercial whaling. Conservation groups have made allegations of bribery against them even threatening to lead an international boycott of tourism to these countries (13:05-13:55)
8. The amount of foreign aid offered through the US Enterprise of the Americas Initiative has been cut from the foreign aid bill voted on by the US House of Representatives. Jamaica’s ambassador to the US, Richard Bernal forefront lobbyist in this effort says only hope remains (13:56-14:27)