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Title: The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication: St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Creation Date: November 23, 1991
Frequency: twenty no. a year
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"f/UNSS Csz.4AA ' BANA_ A S A E G VN PROTECTION, THE
INfUSY7 WILL NOT SUR VI VE IN THE EUROPEAN Fire TRADE


A P-i.


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STHREE-MAN TEAM OF
." "Vbanana experts from the Repuub-
iof China (ROC) on Taiwan.
, windng up a 10-day mission 31011
to Grenada.. t a press conference on
November 1 .h, .painted an u certainn
picture for the future of the Banana Indus-
try ir the island'

A spokesman for t the team, Mr S C Hweng
1- -
lant Pathologist from the Taiwan Banana
Research Institute, said bananas are
N..:.uzg.... . & rflc fflns~ ti T_


4grwn in Grenada under several handicaps
whih makes it difficult for the Grenada
producet t-, compete with cheaper costing
j,* from Central America.

"Unless Grenada's bananas are given|
protection;" he said, "the Industry
will not survive. in the European
Free Trade Area."

Grenada's bananas are now sold in Britain
Please See EXPERTS Page 6


BAiANAS From Page 4
r Aexis said, with reference sto market-
ing. re-presentative of ita" one
f the bigger marketing o. rganisations l S
for Central American bananas. present at
the conference, offered to help Caribbean
bananas to be marketed in Europe.

The "Chiquita" representative, he said,
ie.ressed, the opinion that the quality of
Ca ibbean btananes, and more paortic uar1lu
Wi dward islands tananes, is so hi qh
that Windward islands bananas would be
commended to European tastes, CFspecia!
in Germany.
Could Be Utilised
According to the Attorn.ey General, the
:Ch'u;ita representative ,said more could
be done to make Windward is hands bananas
appeal to German consumers. Dr Aeleis
underrstood from ilr s representative thatn
the Chiqulta expertise in marketing in
Europe could be uti listed by the Windwar`
sands producers


iDr Alexis

resources"
* o , i . l,.


said Chiquita is
putting their
at the disposal


:islands banana producers. The Attorney
General said the Chiquita representative
aw.s not asked what is included in
"econcric resources" and the reoresent-
etive did not elaborate.
it Did Not Occur To Him
in response to a question, the Attorney
.ener . said it did not occur to him that
Ihe ChAulta offer may have been in the
ntur of "'Trojan Horse". He does not
know t.ne specific implications of the
offer he said, but he believes it is worth
piur-uinqg

Present at the Brussels conference, in
addition to or Alexis, were Prime
i1risters Nicholas Brathwaite, Georqge
Parce James Mitchell and John Compton
:sJ:ectively of Grenada, Belize, Sti
rcnt and St Lucia. Also present was
.Senatr Ralph Bhola, President of the
VWi-nvr islands Banana Association
,-, .AN) and other representatives of
,anand interests in the Caribbean.
^En tmmlmSmIi S


prepared to
-Aent mic
of Wind' w-'.rd


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EXPERTS From Page 5


under protected conditions, the entire
-up. together with the crop-s of S
Vincent. St Lucia and Dominica, being
purchased and marketed by the British
| firmn- of Geest industries Ltd operating
S'nd-er contract with the four islands
. through the wind ward islands Banana
Associa T.in (W N N AN).
'Ma Come To An End
he protection given is that, as long as-
NBAN can supply the demand of the
rliut1sh market, no other banaras (other
Tan those from Jamaica and Belize) are
Sowed. into that market. When the
European Free Trade A-ea comes Irnto
operationn next year, however, this
prtection may come to an end, opening
AIi'iAN bananas to competituin from
the cheaper so-called "donar" bananas
Ffrom Central Americr .


islands, harvesting is done weekly. The
re. behind this is that Grenada's
production is too small to merit the call
of a Geest Doat Aevery week but Mr Hwang
said this is operating to Grenada's detri-
ment.

Wrhen harvesting is as infrequent
as every two weeks, " he soi, "the
larm . ios on the free teoo ong eand
overripe fruit is the result."

The team w.i. report on its findings to
both the Gtr-ada Government and the
GFre nada nana Co-operative Society.
Recin mend At c.ions will include the need
for research to find strains of bananas
resis:snrIt to roco and Leaf-spot disease,
both Lf 'ii-i.h are serious problems In
Grenada.


The team will also
recommend


hill! nature of the terrain. Bananas do
no prouc as well on hillsides oas they
do on lait ,and, he said, and having to
harvest fruit from mountain sides
increases the cost of leabour considerably.
The team fun also that- inSjffici ent
. - , L . ,, .I. .' Un -,rf -.
iertiizer is used by the average GrenaddtnL
anans. frmer arnd the essential racti.e
�f sleepingg" the bunches o. f .bananas
with piest ic bags is not widely practiced.
h-- i." in.- u r + the -' an was 01 g - od
quality. Mr H'ang sa.eid, and the plastic

EC$0.40 (US$0.15) each, a cost which i'
dil recovered n better price for
,-gn quality r l- t.
Quality Of The Roads
Another problem the S.renidl banan
farmer faces, the tearm -ou, is the poor
quality of the roads over which the
i";mae to the r--,n tee H ai ,- e-

.u b-ed by bruisirng ..urin tr.fpota.. .. t

SAnOtr. causp of p foor 9 n 'a fruit
- tipped from .renada is the fact. that
i bananas are harvested in this island every
|fortrQ.h while, en the. other Windwa r


'of a model banana
farm -e locanJted on flat land, which
farm i RI, demonstrate the possibility of
producing 0 t i 40 tons of banana per!
heciare per year, a rate almost double|
the product on of hillside plantations. n

mr Hweng said Grenada shores with
Taiwan the problem of having the
s;-a#- industry operated mainly @i
farm-:ers w 4 vary small plots ofi
/and This circumstance makes
pt . Icmip. 'ware costly, he s I ',
fan. in Taw.arn. the matter is nowl
US-er study with a view to grouping
smnlc farms to work together

A s 'L/Ut/ as to how this is to pe
achieved has not yet been found hei
s-id but he advised that, with e
view to reducing production costs,
the melter should be looked intoM
also :n Crenadas.
-~ ir -:


Saturday 23m NoWmber 1991


i T Grenada Nesslaett-r


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The Grenada Nesletter Saturday 23rd November 991 Page 7


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PREEB


RIME MINISTER NICHOLAS
Brathwaite has denied emphat-
ically that he has made any threat
against the Press.
"Press freedom is something to which I
am totally committed", he said, "end
have said so time and time
and time again."
'The Prime Minister made .
this statement at a meet-
ing on November13th with I'
Ia delegation from the


democracy because it had shown no sense
of responrsibility.
"I am committed to freedom of the press
and as long as I head this Government I am
going to ensure that democracy in the
iornri which we have set out in our
manifesto will be observed.
1 he told the Convention,
S 'but there comes a time
when, as the Prime Minister
':- of Singapore said to me in
6 -Zimbabwe. whether or not


n !s from Inside or outside,
Grenada Press Association
you have to take action in
(GPA), and other members -. "
f the media. 1 respect to those...... r
f e!:t in h e ers Of IvJe . aGUs'7
The meeting was he,,- at .:'-:- - .
un t oe e t i jA T he Prime Minister told the
tuhe request of the GPA to - --:..
seek explanation of a delegates he hoped they
statement made bu '1r - I re not cheering him
Brathwaite at the National L be-use ot what theu
Democratic Con.,ress (NDC) - _- thought was a threat.
fio" .,ratio Congress (N DC) 1 - - because he would never
Convention held on Novem-
Rpr rd. PIME MINISTER issue a threat "as it relates
NICHOLAS BRATHWATEto the democratic process".
Addressing that Convention,
the Prime Minister complained that his N � --Dressed the belief, however that
Government has been subject to constant the privileges which are granted by
"harassment" by the media in Grenade. rrnemoracq must have, as a corresponding
* during the c-ampaign for the east General ' i atio p, that kind of responsibility
Elections and up to now, he sad, the which an citizens must understand. if
media had shown it has no respect for Piease S THEAT Pa 8


BAATHVA~TE


1EAE1
THREATMEN







The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 23r N mber 1991 Pa S












One, DECS rglaxation of itniqmgrations
riqui mrunts comes intu effect, tsn theO
srest 44 CAIRUOf wiL fo low siilj:

_-, -" ritr

SARIBBEAN COMMUNITY Pnme Minister Nicholas Drthwate
(CARICOM) Countries have not disclosed this at a press conference in
yet moved any closer to mak-g Grenada on November 14th.
,_t easier for CARICM. nati:n-
als to travel more easily from Fonow.g ar interim recommendation of
country e to country in the Community. Ptlee She TAVL Pa i 9
TBE-AT From PAGE 7
tir interest is not in themselves but in The Prime Mnister said he has . no
-th nation of Granada. nobectionn to criticism but, cooking back'
o'er the past two years, he cannot recall
Before the meeting with Mr Brathwaite, anuthin bGut "negatives" being said about
a spokesman for the GPA said the response him in sections of the media in Grenada.
of the delegates was clear indication the
Prime ri mster's remarks were perceived He catalogued a series of stories he
by the delegates as a threat and, members characterized as "negative" reporting of
of the media present at the Convention. his NDC Government. one of them being
having the same perception, the meeting that Grenadians should "see the backs"
with the Prime Minister of the N Government 'as soon as
was requested to get -- -- -- possible.
c rincaton:. i -:
/F Wfe.s e-; r- r pn.t one 4so- r-tn) Grenada's Con-
-r Brathykaite toid ---- i- --.f-.prt~ t4 rr tronv stitution indicates
the GPA delegation. - ... clearly how a
however, that his . ..... b t - . Government can stay
words should not be -..-in office iMr Brath-
taken as the issuing of --";- oaite said. it says also,
a threat as he was, he said .- . he c h continued, how a Govern-
merely quoting a statement -.--. - f""t can be removed from
made to him by the Prime tintmster of ofoffi-- -n d, unless there is a
ingap'ore. .suggstin onr f an unconstitutional means
of doing is, the Prime Minister said he
"i then realised that the audience to cannot understand how there can be talk
which was speaking might have of "seeing the backs of people as soon as
interpreted that in relation to a threat" possibe."
;h said'"because of their response, and I
made it quite clear that I was not issuing "Whether or not one does not like a
any threat." Pleme Se THREAT Page 9







The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 23rd November 1991 Page 9
TRAVEL from Page 8
the West Indian Commission (appointed Some replies have been received, he
jto explore means of strengthening said, but he could not say that
!political unity in CARICOM) the last enough progress has been made so
meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government that a date for implementation cani
decided to-co-ordinete immigration pro- be named.
j-cedures in CARICOM to promote "hassle-
,free" movement of nationals in the region. In the Organisation of East Caribbean
States (OECS), on December 1st, the Prime
Prime Minister Brathwaite was Mini ster said, easier immigration
assigned by the Heads to expedite requirements, including abolition of the
this matter and he told the press he need for a passport to travel in the OECS,
had written to his colleague Prime will come into effect for OECS nationals.
Ministers outlining a possible
course of action and asking that "My own view," Mr Brathwaite said, "is
someone in each Government be that once that comes into effect, then
named so communications can flow the rest of CARICOM will follow easily."
and decisions taken. ., -- ---


THREAT FXo PAGE 8
particular group that is in power," Mr
Brathwaite said, "they were elected biA
the people, they did not get there through
bullets. The Government is in office
on the basis of constitutional pro-
cedures and that is what democracy is
all about."


The image which is painted of Grenada
i "out there" should be a matter of
Concern, not only of the Government, he
1I said, but of all Grenadians because i
what happens to Grenada affects all
Grenadians.


Barc ays Bank (originally The Colonial
Bank) the oldest banking institution inI
the Commonwealth Caribbean, first
opened its doors cn 15th May 1637 in!
Barbadcos, Trinidad and Guyana (then!
Britis. Guiana).

Later that year it opened branches in;
Grenada, St Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Sti
Kitts, St. Vincent and the Danish (now'
United States) Virgin Islands.

To the west, a branch was opened inr
Jamaica and there were short-lived sub-
branches in Caracas and Puerto Rico.


EWS SI


St Louis Concerned Over
Water Supply


IAddressing the 26th Session of the Food
A& Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held in
Rome earlier this month, Minister of
1Agriculture, Mr Phinsley St Louis ex-
pressed concern over the earth's useable
!supply of water.

SAccording to Mr St Louis, only about 3% of
Ithe total amount of water on the planet is
fresh water and, of this, only one-tenth
of one per cent can be used by humans.


HORTS


The Minister told the assembly that
Grenada's self-sufficiency in food-declin-
ed in the decade 1980 to 1990 and , during
the same period, the island's banana pro-
duc ion declined by over 32% from 11,820
tons to 6,007 tons.

OuWli.,,in strategies to boost production,
Mr St Louis said his Government envisages
the use of genetically improved varieties'
of 'rnps, the use of irrigation techniques
and promotion of veterinary medicine
and animal, nutrition
Plasen Sm NEWS SHORTS Page 0I


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STh Grenada Newsletter Saturday 23rd November 1991 Page 10


IjEWS -SORTS From Page 9
ISuccessful MNIB Export
Packaging

iAccording to the Government information
S_-ervice, two shipments totaling 400 lbs
oi0 breadfruit, utilising a new wrapping
Material, have been exported by the
I Irketing and National importing Board
.o the United Kingdom and have arrived in
100% good condition.

i he material used is polivinyl chlorine
land reports from consignees in the United


yDon't write "West
That space divides,
Let's write "Westin
SProud symbol of oi


I, K Kingdom sag weight losses were minimal
and a previous proble- m of premature
. .inpening has been corrected.


L-
S ,Al bSeasons" a sea-food company in
T ontot, Canada, 1s to receive a tnal
shipment of "ocean gar" fish from the
!Artisinal Fisheries Project (AFP)

This company is already a purchaser of
- na, red snapper anc red hind from AFP
rind tre shipment of ocean gar is beinq
sold at a concessionary rate.

|Anotrher export market being developed
I�b AFP is Denmark. A smoke-processing
Company in that country has been shipped
40,000 lbs of gar, 29,000 lbs of hind,
1,500 lbs of shark and 500 lbs of marlin,


the entire shipment (made early in
November) valued at US$51,000.

Depending on the levei of success with
this fish, more orders are expected from
the Danish company, Messrs Borholms
Fiskerl abari tori um.

Ocean Going Ship At Grenville

History was made on November 23rd when,
for the first time, an ocean going ship,
the MV "Jans", entered Grenada's east


coast port of Grenville.


The port of Grenville, exposed to the
Atlantic, can be entered only through a
difficult, narrow passage in the barrier
reef, and, prior to this, only relatively
smail craft could make use of the port.

The entry of the "Jans" (which has a gross
tonnage of 375, a length of 161 feet and
a dratt of 9 5 feet) was made possible
through a widening and deepening project
sponsored by the Government of Grenada
and the 'Wnrld Bank.

The opening of the Grenville port to ocean
going vessels is expected to effect a
considerable saving in overland trans-
portation costs of goods which, until
now, nad to be landed at the port of St
George on the west coast.


SHughes
23d November 1991
Pnirited & Published Ey The Propniemr
Alister Hughes, Jo-uiaast,
Of Sctt Street, St Geoiges,Gienmala, Westddies
(P.O.Box 65: Phone 18091j 4-40 2538: Cables HiUSON G arenadl)


NOT TO BE TAKEN
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Voluie 18


Saturday 23rd Nowmber 1991


Number 19


IWE


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"I d~o unot befict' that I should rnfdc a publiw
stntctnent- on thy nuttier at this tttncm That is ntt


j uaqc-mc-~. �t-8, aild


T A PRESS CONFERENCE
on November th,. Prime Mtn-
i:ster Nlicholas 5rafthwaitE
declined to comment on ;a
recent widely publicised incident
concerningg smuggling in Carriacou,
3renada's sister island snd the constit-
encU Mr Br-thwaite represents .
At trhe p prss crnt
S"'erence ":the P1.me.

Public cncerni
.reatih e n ret-prts
" '' " ference with the
6.St nm 1. 8,- e!-
he , ,. 8he ut -
S tis matter and Mr
Sr.,h,'twaife, was ask-
mnt.


NOT TO
FROAA


i sta1, with-


that."


"in the context of what happened as
,r-p. t.d '.o me," he said, "i do not believe
thal i snouid make a public statement on
thie matter at this time. That is my judge-
ment. and I stay with that."
I ,. h incident referred to occurred on 22nd
Jctoober last when a successful raid was
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IN THIS ISSUE


Page


P.M. Mum On Carriacou
Smuggling Matter ........... I
More Hope For Banana
industry ......................- 3
ROC Banana Experts In
Grenada .........------------------...... 5
arathwaite Denies
Threatening Press .........- 7
CARICOM No Closer To
Hassle-free Travel......-...
News Shorts---.... --................. 9


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SMUGGLING From PaN I
made in Carriacou bg officials of the
Customs Department. Carrinacou s well
n-w.n for the smuggling activities of
imny of its inhabitants and the raid gen-
erated considerable hostility among resi-
dents of the island.

The Customs personnel involved in the
raid were surrounded by a threatening
crnwd and a detachrment of the Special
Services Unit of the Security Forces had
4to be called out for their protection. The
raid is reported to have resulted in seizure
of uncustomned goods said to be valued at
E!'.:b3 million.
I Was Publicly Advised
tPrime Minister Brathwaite wad at that
time, out of the country but, on his return
on October 24th at a press conference at
Saint Salines Internaticnal Airport, he
,as pu'-icL advised of the matter by Mr
An-lem Clouden, a Grenadian barrister
-nd strong supporter of Mr Brathwaite's
N.tionai Democratic Congress DC).

" e M1r C'ouden, who was
born in Carriacou,
----told the Prime Min-
S6Sl thata he had
S beer shocked and

action of the Customs
Authorities and he
reminded 1r Brath-5
waite that contrabarnd
.has been a wayi of
life" in Car riaccu for
a 'o n g time. I


mert refrains
from interfering
AMr An;em Clauden
with that way of
Sor, a ernat.e y, makes Carriacou a
3ree port, he tld Mr Brathwaite, e
.C -._ r, wil de.oe te..t t e r. te of his life
to fighting for the independence of
C as rri acou.
Appeared Embarrassed
Ie Prime Minister appeared embarrassed
bmj Mr CiLouden s pronoun ncements. He
made no statement on the matter and
aid? he was hearing of t for the,- first
S. He epe~ied, ne said, tMat rt
.iouden would brine him up to date.

ncce then, M-r Brathwaite has made no


stater"enit but it has become public know-
ledge that on the day after the raid, the
Attorney General, Dr Francis Alexis, add-i
dressed a strong letter of reprimand toI
the Lommissioner of Police.
Difficult To Believe
in Mr Brathwaite's absence from the;
State, Dr Ale-,ds was acting Minister of
Security. and ne tolr the Commissioner
it was ivff:cultL to believe he (Alexis)
w-as no consulted before an operation'
was undertaken involving both the Special
Services Unit and the Coast Guard.

"n.de.d Alexis
said, 'he Security
Fo ces should ftake
care to obtain the
prior appro-val of j..
the t ln"ster of
National jSecurity ri t,
before embarking on
that kind of exer-
r -r

Itn his letter
t- the Comrn- m
mris onrier,
Dr A.4eXis
Dointed to
o"et hing t
e&se which, Dr Francis Alexis
he sid., is even
more ~ orrying about the operation.

This is fthe second time, he said.,
that the Security Forces have seen\
fit to cfoduct such an exercise inm
Carrsacu. Mfir Brathwaite's constil-
uencu. as a time when he was absent.
A Certain Cynicism
"it majy be a mere coincidence that the I
Security Forces happened to be deployedI
in such a massive show of strength in
Carra-cnu while Prime Minister
Brathwaite is out of the State", their
Attorney General's letter said. "But,,
given the peculiar history of this country,
the idPa of the Prime tiinister's
cons i tuenc: being rummaged in his!
absence b his own Security Forces might
be apt to engender a certain cynicism."

At the pr;4s conference on Novemberi
STh., it Vas suggestedd to Mr BrathwaiteI
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THE IEUROPEAN PRESENCE AT THE CONFERENCE WAS MANIFESTLY
APPRECIATIVE OF THE VERY CRITICAL ROLE BANANAS PLAY IN


CERTAIN CARIBBEAN EC'

RIME MINISTER NICHOLAS
SBrth.waite was a member of a
Sig c ilev . delegation which
.hld talks in Brussels on
November 20th and 21st with
represenPttives,, of the Euro-pean -
Economic Communitu (EEC).


At a press conference on Novem-. tr-
ber 14th, a week before he left ,
for Brussels, the Prime Minister et
said the tal-Ks were very important
;and were extremely relevant to
the fIture of the Banana industry q -
after the EEC unified market
comes into effect next uear. -
Favourable Decisions
Mr Brdthwai te said :- "The West PME
BRAT
ind a Commi ee is setting upo a
special conference so this matter can be
di scussed with a view to t-king decisions,
making recommendations wnich might
result in favourabF t ,cecs ons oeiq e - ken
by the- EE with respect to some sort o
Z.! - ~ .32 I a. e . s me ,u


SMUiGGcNG From Pae 2


tnat, as Prime Minister, he should make
a public statement itn reference to
his Governm t's position o-cncernin-g
iu.holding f the aw.

f you wet t to look at it in the wider
cort:xt of the 'aw of the country", he
said "that is a cornpletlu different
I mater, but am nt makng, a statement
!on that p.rticriulr matter.
?fI ^3~tai'{i{^


0NOMIES AND SOCIETIES.

protection especially for, Windward
isind un-nanas, but also for bananas from
Jamaica and Belize.'

- At the present time, as long as!
banana suppliers in the Wind-
ward Islands, Jamaica and Belize
can supply the demands of the i
Snr Bnrtish market, the United
Kr Kingdom will not allow imports
of bananas from any other
sources.
- A Strong Lobbyg


MINISTER
H WAITE


Based on the fact that cheaper
bananas are available from other
sources, notably Central
America, there is a strong lobby
PleaMe Se BANAMAS Pawe 4


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: Brijtain to abolish the protection tradi-
on'.i4' given to Commonwealth Carib-


?. 6r /!ebbo has been strengthenedd
i w- i the advent of the European
nfunited market which, if no special
Srrangements are mode, will permit
\ba nns from ll s&f-rces to compete
/. Brite/Rn n equal terms with
Sornmm-onweaith Caribbean bananas

-ir Bratwa1:e sa that with him onr the
.deAe-iton would be Attorneu General Or
jFranci AleS r .. and Senator Denis Noel,
Uri ampntary Secretary in the Ministry
|uf Agri cuiture.


Fom th.;e other
countries, he sai -
Vr, me Ministers n
.jies Miitcheni


SGeore P ice

' respect : eli Qf ,t


hincent, St Lucia
ano Belize) w'ul0



re part of the
dF e l e g tion .
Prime Minister,





"T th-t time w.et-



oresent.


The Prime Minister said this - the fourth
Setinq the Wlst Ind-, C committee hat,
rga;sd to discuss the bananI Qu estion .
,he _,,er three having been held in London,-
Jmtc u and Belize. The. Commit, tP
would supply all thf technical background
;nrifrmat'on, he said, but, ' .ne final
an l hss, the Q'uestion 6 s a p olitica one.
Going To Grant Or Not

.rgum; nt.s we want," he said 4 "nut n Is


are going to ,rant or not."
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The Attorney General
. . . . ... II.


said there was a
distinct
impression that
spokespeople for
the European Com-
mission and a so
European polit-
icians present at
the conference,
left the confer-
ence more deter-
mined than pre-
viousiy to "do
something" for
ari b bean
bananas.

"That 'something
I am referring to
specifically"', he
said, "is the pre-
serving of the
pre ferential
treatment hist-
orically enjoyed
by Caribbean
bananas on the


Dr;tish market"


Delegates to the Conferencf
app rciat1 th4at that historic,
preferenti// treatment cannot bei
axpetfedi tof endure for et ernity, he
swiw, and there _re two problems~
wbich hav to, be confronted

One -s Implenentatiorn of a programme of
diversification which includes the banana
op . . sec.to.r of the economy and the.
t.h-r I ,the question of marketing in the
Eurip-an Common Market.
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Erussei-t: nn November 23rd and, at a
Sress conference at Point Salines Inter-
national Airport, indicated that, as a
reu.i of these discussions, hopes have
Deen -renqgtnened for the future of the
Banrna in'lustry after Britain enters the
European Free Trade Market next year.

Fr Francis Ale:,is told the press, "it is'
true to say the European presence at their
confjrernca was manifestly appreciative
01o the very critical role bananas play itn
certain Caribbean economies and
soci e ties."
More Determined


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