CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW: US BASE IN TRINIDAD FACES HARASSMENT

Created: 5/5/1960

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The Dehousse plan still faces major ob-tacles. Approved last March by thecoamlttee of the assembly, it may get plenaryas early as the session opening onay, but will still need unanimousby the ministerial council andby the slaparliaments. Huch will depend on whether the European federalists will be contentmall Some among them have link the direct elec-wlth an expan-

sion of tho assembly'sa move which would almostdoom the dntire project. Despite the widespread support the Common Market enjoys, few if any of Its member countries are prepared at this time to seturopean constituent assembly.

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termination onpril of the free use by US military planes of the island's only operational alr-port( at Plarco,may presage other moves which would limit effective US use of thenaval base and missile-tracking station. Trinidad has claimed it lost thousands of dollars in uncollectedcharges and extracosts necessitated by heavy US use of the airfield.

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line with his frequently Indicated anti-US prejudices, Premier Wllllaaia nevertheless refused last summer to discuss the US offer to pay fees, being determined to reserve the issue for bilateral or quadripartite talks witb the US, the UK, and the government of the West Indies Federation on theof revision of1 US-UK base agreement.

Williams' success Ina practice arrangeden-year-old US-UKmay encourage him to press his campaign even more actively for revision of1 agreement.

Williamsromise that Chaguaramas will7 at the earliest; he offers In return another site which the US previously rejected. In the meantime, he seeks "joint use" of the base and release of unused areas. Be continues to demand that the United States give up Tucker Valley, in the heart of

the Chaguaramas base area, which he wants as the site of the federal capital. He asserts that1 agreement will lapse in any case when independence is achieved.

Williams has already begun preparations for harassment of the base's operations. Me plans toarine police launch station at Staubles Bay, an enclave of British-owned land within the Chaguaramas site, and has hinted he might cut off the base's electricity. He could also foment labor troubles among theocal employees of the base.

may set up customs posts outside the base, following up Williams' charges that extensive smuggling Is carried on.

Williams appears to be planning to follow up hisin arousing alarm aymiflD FOR RELEASE radiation hazards last miPCTIPMOG

not echo Williams' vehement anti-Americanism, his control over the electorate apparently remains firm.

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