CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY: BRITISH WEST INDIES

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Current Intelligence Weekly Summary

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

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BRITISH WEST INDIES

London's efforts to persuade Trinidad's Premier Williams to commit himself to his obligations under1est Indies Defense Areas Agreementilliams will probably request that the agreement be renegotiated after the proclamation of Trinidad'sset forugust. At the Londonconference concludedune, Trinidad agreed to assume the obligations of treaties entered into on its behalf by

Britain. Williams insisted, however, that this would not prejudice his right subsequently to "question the validity" of any such treaty or obligation.

In this connection, he mentioned2 British-Venezuelan territorial

I concludedfromthetenor oHusreiarka that his realis to reopen the issue of the US naval station and

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research facility at Chaguaramas. Williams* recent complaints about allegedand delays in US aid promised in connection with the Defense Areashe signedember of the now defunct West Indieswere intended toater request for renegotiation.

to^press^tTe UK to agree to give Trinidad the status of anterritory associated with the Common Market. Williams probably desires this partly to protect Trinidad's petroleum industry and partly for prestige. On his current visit to France, Williams is promoting the ideaCaribbean Commonindication of hisaspiration to area

ams relatively circum-behavlor at theconference to his desire to achlove independence in tine to permit his attendance at theeptember Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference. Theto avoid racial conflict also contributed to thereached between Williams and Trinidad oppositionon constitutionalfor amendment, protection of minorities, and election

regulations. However, local East Indian fear of domination by the Negro majority is llkel; to persist

Meanwhile in earlier negotiations in Londonhad agreed without qualification to accept the obligations of theAreas Agreement after independenceugust. London, however, willresponsibility for the Turks and Calcos Islands (formerly Jamaican dependencies) and thus for the site of the US missile-tracking facility on Grand Turk. Premier Bustamante, now visiting Washington, is anxious to combat Cuban subversion.

With regard to Grenada, where the government'smalfeasances recently forced London to suspend the constitution,

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soon may result in Grenada's opting to join Trinidad,of participating in the new federation of Barba- imMIFIMtLU: dos and the Windward and Loc-OAU SIMM! ward Islands as Dresentl planned.

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