CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW: TRENDS IN TRINIDAD AND JAMAICA

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CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW

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 projecttTrinidadis worthwhile. Bisaid 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.

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

party together "not frombut through adroitness" despite the disunity known to exist within the cabinet.

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 tensT^rnii^iTsothe governingbecause of thethe aging primewho areto of histhefearsora right-wing

dictatorship expressed byopponents are unwarranted

Despite the hlghtened 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 tho detection of attempts by the Cubanin Jamaica to circulate Castro propaganda. Theseby the Cubans couldubstantial inflammatoryon local malcontents. Jamaica's hesitation stems also from concern over the pemwjfjtMRR BELlttl complications that can unt9ir?MI over the more0 Jamaican nationals resident In Cuba. The principal factor in Trinidad's attitude appears to be Prime Minister Williams' avowed anti-Communism.

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