TransAfrica Forum Issue Brief
(Vol. 1, No. 2)
by TransAfrica Forum
Washington, DC, United States
Contents: WILL THE REAL CARIBBEAN BASIN POLICY PLEASE STAND UP! POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Seaga and Manley • PROFILE ON PEOPLE: GRENADA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE OAS, DESSIMA WILLIAMS • FURTHER NOTES ON NAMIBIA • REAGAN WATCH: U.S. INTERVENTION AND THE CARIBBEAN • Although the U.S. has treated the Caribbean as if it were "our lake," it is a distinct region composed of 19 sovereign nations and 13 dependent states with a population of 30 million people. More than half of the countries are English-speaking, while others are Spanish, French, and Dutch-speaking. This region includes newly-independent Belize in Central America, as well as Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in South America. The Reagan Administration has promised a new “Caribbean Basin Initiative” (CBI) for this region, to which it has added the countries of the Central American isthmus. The significance of the policy is not yet clear. Jamaica is at the center of this debate. During a recent visit to the U.S., Jamaica's Prime Minister Edward Seaga discussed the CBI with TransAfrica Forum's Executive Director, Randall Robinson. Robinson also visited Jamaica, where he discussed similar issues with Michael Manley, the former Prime Minister, for this newsletter. TransAfrica Forum has obtained the Frontline States response to the revised Western Contact Group Constitutional Principles for Namibia. African objections continue on several issues: proportional representation and single member districts would be complicated, costly and unfair; relationships between governmental bodies should be determined by the Constituent Assembly; proposals omit all reference to abolishing and dismantling apartheid structures in Namibia; and no guarantee is offered that UN Security Council Resolution 435 would be honored completely in letter and spirit. At the end of January, South Africa accepted the revised Contact Group proposals. TransAfrica staff who produced the newsletter include Anne Forrester Holloway, Cherri D. Waters, and Menda Ahart.
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