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Tuesday, October 28, 1997 Published at 20:10 GMT



World: Americas

Montserrat Urges Inquiry

The Chief Minister of the Caribbean island nation of Montserrat, David Brandt, has called for a full judicial inquiry into Britain's response to the crisis on the island caused by a series of volcanic eruptions.

Addressing a special committee of British Members of Parliament in London, he accused Britain of working systematically to depopulate the island rather than helping those who chose to stay.

He said it had taken the deaths of nineteen Montserratians before more permanent housing was built and work done on the island's hospital.

British officials have rejected the allegations, saying that Montserrat has been given more than eighty-million dollars in aid.

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