Britain continued to handle the external affairs of all three
territories. Relations with neighboring islands were generally
good, although Anguilla remained wary of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The three territories belonged to various international and
regional associations. The British Virgin Islands belonged to the
Commonwealth of Nations and the CDB and was an associate member of
the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS--see Glossary).
Anguilla also was a member of the Commonwealth, the Caribbean
Association of Industry and Commerce, the Eastern Caribbean Central
Bank (ECCB), and the Civil Aviation Authority. Some other islands
had objected to Anguilla's joining the ECCB, alleging that the free
market in United States dollars that existed on Anguilla was a
major contributor to foreign exchange leakage from the region using
the Eastern Caribbean dollar, the common currency used by OECS
members as well as Anguilla and Monteserrat. Anguilla's attempt in
1984 to join the OECS was rejected. Montserrat belonged to the
ECCB, as well as the Commonwealth, the International Conference of
Free Trade Unions, the Caribbean Association of Industry and
Commerce, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom--see
Appendix C), the UN Economic Council for Latin America, and the
CDB. It was also a full member of the OECS.
Data as of November 1987