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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1990, Kingston, Kingston Sports Special Paul "Ills scare' "ng for a place in the sun J WHAT MAKES A GREAT INDEX Regional-.. Foreign EdltJOplnkm------------6 Opp. Edit___________7 Ldrare ACTOM Nation-----14-15 Financial---------------16 Skipping------------18-11 Mattetlng-------------21 Wutt--------------tt-M CARICOM PROFILE Trinidad, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Dominica, Belize (13) t CRIME IN JAMAICA Daily (6lraucr Vol. CLV1 No. 179 ESTABLISHED 1834 KINGSTON, JAMAICA, TUESDAY, JULY PRICE TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES T'dad crisis deepens Prom Franklin McKnight PORT OF SPAIN, Monday Truce efforts collapse IS THIS BEIRUT? yesterday as these Government battled Reuter wirephoto No, this was a scene from 'the streets of Trinidad two soldiers, part of the troops loyal to the with rebel Black Muslim troops. THE CRISIS in Trin- idad and Tobago deepened Monday night with the prospect of more bloodshed. What appeared Monday af- ternoon to be the Imminent re- lease of Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson and members of the Government of the twin-island state fell apart. The Muslim rebels holding the Prime Minister and about 40 others as hostages were said to be split into two factions, adding further danger to the situation. Chief Information Officer, Dr. Gregory Shaw, said last night: The government has not agreed to the damand of the group holding the Prime Minister and members of his Government and other persons be- ing held hostage since they burst into Parliament Friday evening." That statement was a complete reversal of one made about an hour earlier at a press conference when a high-level officer in the army and a government spokesman held out hope for the freeing of hostages by Tuesday morning. Under the agreement that was being discussed by telephone be- tween the Government and the Black Muslims, about 25 hostages at the government television sta- tion will first be freed and taken to the army base. Their captors, In- cluding the leader of the Black Muslim community, Abu Bakr, would then be allowed to go back to their commune just outside the capital. Port of Spain. Hostages The other set of hostages including Prime Minister Robinson would then be allowed out of the Parlia- ment building where 16 of them are being held. They would also be taken to the army headquarters for medical tests, including examina- tion by a psychiatrist. The captors would also be allowed to go back to their commune, but the spokesman could not say what action could be taken against the Muslim rebels who are said to have killed about 30 people. They could not say even if crimi- nal charges would be pressed What appeared to have smashed the prospect for a settlement of the deepening crisis was the demand by the Black Muslims that they be allowed to take their arms back to their commune, said a government spokesman who spoke on condition that he not be identified. Even while the senior army officer and government spokesman addressed the press from all around the world at a conference at the Holiday Inn In the capital, looting and gunfire were taking place in the city, re- porters who were shot at said. The death toll is now estimated to be between 40 and 80, but the army denied that any of Its men had died. Major Dave Williams said, however, that three soldiers have been shot and wounded, none se- riously. Reports about police shot dead nave not been confirmed. The Black Muslim rebels led by Abu Bakr were said to be quarrel- ling among themselves. One set were trying to leave the main tele- vision building before daybreak Monday and raced back into the building after coming under a hail of gunfire from the security forces. Part of the reason for the split in the ranks of the rebels was Abu Bakr was not at Red House, the red brick renaissance parlia- ment building where Prime Min- ister Robinson was shot in both feet. The rebel leader therefore has less likelihood of leaving the build- ing unarmed because he has "low profile" hostages at the television station, than does his lieutenant at the parliament building Jamaican troops off A CONTINGENT of Jamaican sol- diers is now in Barbados in read- iness for any request for help from the Trinidad and Tobago Govern- ment, which has been under siege since Friday when rebels stormed the Parliament and held Prime Min- ister A N R. Rqbinson and some of his ministers hostage. Acting Prime Minister P J. Pat- terson said in a statement yester- day that a Company of the First Battalion Jamaica Regiment, com- manded by Colonel T Lewis had been permitted by the Defence Board to proceed immediately to Bridgetown and remain there to permit a ready response to any invitation for help from the Trin- idadian Government. A Barbadian by birth, Colonel Lewis is in Barbados to get a closer assessment of the situation so that the Government of Jamaica would be properly advised how best to assist in the worrying situation, Mr. Patterson said. He said close consultation has been maintained with other CARI- COM governments which have con- demned the attempted coup and have pledged their co-operation and support. He continued "It appears, having regard to reports of arson and loot- ing, that the Security Forces in Trinidad and Tobago will be in need of support to maintain law and order before eventual normalcy can be restored" Mr. Patterson said the Jamaican contingent is being placed in a state of readiness to work with any other CARICOM forces that become available in accordance with the requirements as determined by the Security Forces of Trinidad and Tobago. Junior Dowie photo PATTUBJSpN RECEIVES ORDER: Mexican President, Mr. Carlos Salinas de Gortari, left, placing the decoration of the Order of the Aztec Eagle around Acting Prime Minister, Mr. P.J. Patterson, at Vale Royal, yesterday. At centre is Mr. Fernando Solana, Mexican secretary of external affairs.' (Story on page List of hostages From Franklin McKnlght THE Government of Trinidad and Tobago released for the first time the names of all those being held hostage in the Parliament building m the city. In addition to Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson, who they say has been shot in both legs, the other hostages are: Selby Wil- son, Minister of Finance; Dr. Ema- nuel Hosein, Minister of Health; Selvin Richardson, Minister of Na- tional Security, who is said to be shot and injured; Jennifer John- son, Minister of Youth, Sport, Cul- ture and Creative Arts; Gloria Hen- ry, Minister of Social Development and Family Development; Eden Shand, Minister in the Ministry of External Affairs and International Trade; Joseph Toney, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, also shot and injured; Dr. Anselm St. George, Deputy Speaker, Mem- ber of Parliament In the National Alliance for Reconstruction Rawle Raphael, MP, in NAR, Kelvin Ramnaph, MP in the Opposition United National Congress John Humphrey, MP, UNC, Trevor Sudama, MP, UNC; Raymond Tal- lackharrysingh, MP, UNC, Mervm Assam, ex-ambassador to the Unit- ed Kingdom and Reynold Fernan- dez, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security CARICOM Summit opens By Winsome Smith WITH terror and turmoil in Trin- idad and Tobago, the llth CARI- COM Heads of Government summit begins today at the Jamaica Con- ference Centre, in downtown Kings- ton. Already, the crisis in the twin- island republic has overshadowed the economic concerns on the agen- da facing 12 Prime Ministers in the region. As CARICOM convenes, it is evi- dent that all major issues such as the illicit drug problem; the Com- mon External Tariff; the Caribbean Stock Exchange and Caribbean Court of Appeal, among others, will T'dad crisis overshadows economic concerns play second fiddle to the dilemma In Trinidad. The leaders are expected to look urgently at security in their respec- tive nations and how best to avoid a recurrence of the Trinidadian situation. CARICOM Secretary General, Mr. Roderick Rainford, at a news con- ference on Sunday said the absence of the Trinidadian Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson from the confer- ence will be a matter of concern, but this will not stop the meeting from doing meaningful business. However, he said decisions made cannot become official unless the consent of any absent government Is gained. Trinidad and Tobago Is expected to give a report on the status of preparation for Carifesta as well as to initiate discussion on the matter of an international criminal court. Also on the agenda are the wid- ening of the CARICOM community, finalisatlon of arrangements for the Caribbean Stock Exchange and the general status of those steps ex- pected to foster the creation of a single CARICOM market, including the Common External Tariff. Acting Prime Minister P.J. Pat- terson, who will be presiding, said In a broadcast Sunday night that one matter expected to command much attention at the Summit is the preparatory work for the Re- gional Economic Conference. They will consider strategies for the eco- nomic development of the countries of the region. 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