CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY: TRENDS IN TRINIDAD AND JAMAICA

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Current Intelligence Weekly Summary

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

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TRENDS IN TRINIDAD AND JAMAICA

ferment hasin both Jamaica andsince they becameof Britain in August. While both are basically aligned with the West, sometrends in their foreign policies have developed,regarding the US and Cuba.

Oneptember, Prime Minister Williams reiterated the charge that the US has not fulfilled its aid obligations under1 Defense Areas Agreement by which the US retains the Chaguaramas naval base and radar research facility Williams' interpretation of the agreement is that itthe US to finance completely almost any project Trinidadis worthwhile. Hisaid demands total more0 million. Acting Prime Minister Solomon's repetition of Williams' chargesuggests that Trinidad may beew pressurefor more aid andof the agreement.

In any case, Williams probably finds this issue useful in rallying domestic political support. He apparently does not wish to eliminate the base. ecent press editorial implying that thereeed to keep ChaguaramasS base because of the USSR's support for Cuba is believed to reflect theview in Trinidad.

Rumors continue tothat Williams may retire from active politics in favor of Solomon.

Solomon could keep thetogether "not frombut throughthe disunity knownwithin the cabinet,

would

revive old tensions between the governing Negro party and the East Indian minority.

Since independence Prime Minister Bustamante's government in Jamaica has been increasingly criticized as disunited and for refusing to debate important is-

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that teiuTlonTia^^aTso risen within the governing party, largely because of the maneuvers of the aging prime minister's subordinates, who are looking ahead to the time of his retire-*

I considers that thefearsora right-wing dictatorship expressed byopponents are unwarranted. Despite the hightened political activity, there ishange of government for some time.

In foreign affairs, both countries now are UN members and are moving cautiously with regard to other affiliations. Jamaica is anxious to Join the Organization of American States, but Trinidad isait-and-see attitude, partly because Williams sees little advantage in participation. With respect to the Common Market, Williams has expressed interest inassociated status forwhereas Jamaica has reserved its position.

Neither government hasto Cuban overtures for full diplomatic relations. Jamaica's attitude has been

affected by the detection of

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attempts by the Cubansulate in Jamaica toastro propaganda. Theseby the Cubans couldubstantial inflammatoryon local malcontents. Jamaica's hesitation stems also from concern over the possible complications that can arise over the more0 Jamaican nationals resident Cuba. The principal factor Trinidad's attitude appears be Prime Minister Williams' avowed anti-Communism.

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