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NEWSLETTER
Volume 7 Number 17
For The Week Ending May 26th 1979
7th Year of Publication - - 215th Issue




GOVERNMENT'S OVERDRAFT REDUCED DRAMATICALLY

The amount owing by the Government of Grenada to the Commercial
Banks Jo the form of overdrafts has been reduced dramatically and,
on April 23rd, stood at only BC$40 thousand.

This information was given by Minister'of Finance Bernard Coard
when he addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Chamber
of Commerce on Thursday (24th). Mr Coard said that, at the end
of January, the Gairy Government had exceeded by BC$20 thousand the
EC$2 million overdraft provided by the Commercial Banks and, by the.
end of February, this had been reduced, only slightly, to EC$1.8
million.

"The revolution took place on March 13th", he said, "by the end'of
March the overdraft had been reduced to EC$1.1 million and, by the
end of April, it had been further reduced to EC$600 thousand."

The Minister thought this was a "remarkable achievement" because,
he said, the reduction at the end of April had been achieved after
"the massive drain, including the BC$1.7 million monthly pay-roll,
which the Treasury experiences at the end of each month."

Giving more up-to-date figures, Mr Coard said that', on March 23rd
Government's overdraft at the Commercial Banks had been EC$583.1
thousand. "On April 23rd", he said, "the figures had improved
and the overdraft 4ad gone down to EC$484 thousand, and yesterday,


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May 23rd, at the end of the day's business, the overdraft was only

EB$40C 1 thousand. In other words, we are almost in the 'black'."


The Minister said Government insisted that it wanted to be judged by

results and not by rumour, gossip, propaganda or 'malicious old talk'.

""We are only asking you to judge us by results", Mr Coard said, "and

these results, by any standards, must be impressive in that, in such

a short space of tine, the situation, in terms of budgetary control,

has been turned around."


The Minister said his Government has two main objectives relative to

budgetary control, and the first is to cut recurrent expenditure as

far as possible, channeling the saved money into capital development

projects such as roads, electricity, telephones, water, sewerage,

housing and agro-industries.
God Helps
"It is true", he said, "that we can get money outside for these

capital development projects but, you know the saying,J'God helps

those who help themselves' and, if we try to raise capital development

sums from our own resources to start off our work, people abroad will

take us more seriously and will be willing to assist us."


The second objective, the Minister said, was "increasing worker

productivity in the public sector." Mr Coard said that, all over

the island, roads are being repaired but this has involved very little

more expenditure because road-workers have been working twice as hard

since the revolution.


"And", he continued, "there is also the fine spectacle of large

numbers of Civil Servants, voluntarily and out of a sense of zest and

commitment, working until sometimes six, seven and eight in the

evenings and even on week-ends. This is unheard of anywhere else

in the Caribbean and this is a good sign too, because the

transformation and development of the country will require long hours

lof work."

Mr Coard said Governments plan is to maintain the existing "capital

stocks" of the country in roads, housing, water and such, and also to

undertake the development of new capital stocks such as construction

*f new roads, development of new water systems, develop nt of agro-
(continueL_








Week Ending 26.4.79_ THE GRENADA NR WSLETTER Page 3


industries, fisheries and forestry.


"Just as vital, if not more vital", the Minister said, "the

Government is deeply concerned with human resource development,

because we see the development of human resources as, when a-l is

said and done, the key to the development of the economy of Grenada.'


Furthering the development of human resources, he said, the

Government has already spent EC$300 thousand in repayments to the

University of the West Indies (UWI) and, at the end of May, will pay

another BC$100 thousand towards the debt owed to UWI. The Minister

said that, as a result of these payments, UWI has advised that i.ey

will start taking a limited number of Grenadian students this year.


"As a Government, we have stated, from the very beginning, our

commitment to honouring debts even though we are extremely angry

about some of the debts uselessly, wastefully and corruptly entered

into by the former Government', Mr Coard said, "but we think it is

important, nevertheless, to honour these commitments and we have

demonstrated that in practice, not only with UWI, but with other

agencies, organizations and individuals. However, we call on

everyone to recognize that we cannot repay 30 years of Gairyism

debts overnight."
Foreign Investment
Speaking on the subject of foreign investment, the Minister said

that, since the revolution, the Government has been inundated, and

continued to be inundated, with proposals by foreign investors to

invest in Grenada, particularly in the tourism sector and in the

oil exploration field. There had also been proposals for

investment in light 'industries and agro-industries. *


Mr Coard said Government welcomes foreign investment provided it

serves the needs of Grenadians, but this welcome is not "uncritical"

and there are at least five requirements which will be demanded when

foreign investment applications are being considered. "we do not

expect them to fulfil all these requirements", he said, "but we do

expect them to fulfil some of them."

First, he said, the investment must be foreign. He pointed out

that there are foreigners who coma to invest and expect to. riie
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Page 4 HHE GRENADA NliEWSLWTR We$k Endincg26.5.79


capital from local banks, thereby competing with Grenadians for capital.
'Gyernment does not regard this as "foreign investment", he said.


Secondly, the investment must bring in technology not already available

'in Grenada, and which is relevant to the island's needs and is adaptable

!to its circumstances.


Another requirement is that the investment create employment. "Let us

face it", Mr Coard said, "half our people are out of work and this is
one of the most fundamental, economic realities of the present situation,

and, perhaps, the twin problems immediately facing the Government and

people of Grenada are this massive unemployment level and the

Government's budgetary situation."
Serious Impact
The fourth area which will be looked at is whether the foreign investment

will have a serious impact on reducing the cost-of-living. Historically,

he said, some foreign investment has led to an increase in the cost-of-

living. Items produced locally ended up costing more, not as a

!temporary infant industry, but on a permanent basis, it cost the

,consumer more than if the items were imported.


Finally, there is the question as to whether certain types of foreign

investment may open up new market opportunities abroad which would not

be available otherwise. This includes specialised markets, he said,

land new markets which are difficult to penetrate.

the Minister said, however, that there are certain types of foreign

investment which are not acceptable in Grenada. "You also have 4

number of clearly maffia types and maffia elements, vultures and fly-

by-ight operators", he said, "who are also interested in gambling
of all sorts, casinos of all sorts, prostitute joints of all sorts,

and these elements, too, have been making their approaches, both from

the files and since the revolution. Of course, we have dispatched

hem because we do not have any intention of setting up any gambling

o-r casino or any types of facility df that sort in Grenada."

Dealing with the role of the private sector in development, Mr Coard

-?id Government's overall strategy is that of a mixed economy. This

1a-ns, he said, that Government wifl be engaged in revenue earning
2ntures both on its own and in joint venture with foreign and local
(continued)







Week 3Bding 26,5.79 THE GRSPbHA NEW SLLEXTRF Page 5


capital. At the same time, Government will encourage and give

assistance to the private'sector 'within reason".


"The private sector is of critical importance in Government's

development strategy", the Minister said, "but Government is not

there to spoon-feed, change nappies and molly-coddle the private

sector". There have been foreign and local businessmen who take

the approach that the role of Government is to remove all of the risk

factor, he said, but, as he understood it, the justification for the

private sector was its risk taking.


Concluding his address, Mr Coard said that, in developing the

economy, everyone had to become waste-conscious and must aim to

increase employment to the maximum level possible. At the same

time, there must be an aim at maximum productivity, the enhancement

of human resources and achievement of an improvement in the quality

of life of the workers, consumers and the people generally.
(1430 words)




CUBANS FLY OUT


The Cuban Technical Economic Assistance Team which paidta nine-day

visit to Grenaga was an integrated team of experts competent to deal

with water, roads, housing, fisheries and health.


This was told to NEWSLETTER by the Cuban Charge d'Affairs, Senor

Julian Torres Rizo, on Friday (25th), the day the eight-man team

flew out of the island. Senor Torres emphasised the cooperation

the team received from Government and from officials, and said he

is confident the outcome of the visit will be successful.


The Charge d'Affairs said possibilities had been explored for

improving the water supply to St.Georges and for research to be made

into the island's water problems. The road programme was discuss3e

with plans being made to improve the quality of future road building.:

and the possibility of building a new airport was looked into.


The team also discussed the public health situation and there is the i

possibility that Cuban doctors, dentists and medical specialists will

come to work in the island. continued1








Page Te GRENADA.N Kek F Week ending_ 26.5.79


"Concerning fisheries", Senor Torres said, "we looked into the

possibility of teaching Grenadian fishermen the new.techniques, and

we think some Cuban experts could come here to work side by side with

Grenadians and also that a Cuban fishing boat could be stationed in

!Grenada for training purposes".

iThis Cuban team, which was led by Senor Octavio M Castilla Ferry,

jDirector of the Cuban State. Committee for Economic Collaboration,

arrived in Grenada on May 17th.
(240 words)



PREVENTIVE DETENTION TRIBUNAL

The Preventive Detention Tribunal has now completed its hearings of

iall cases submitted to it by political prisoners.

NEWSLETTER for the week ending 19th May gave details of hearings then

scheduled and, subsequently, the following hearings have been dealt with.

May 23rd
Godwin Benjamin
Car ton. Alexis
John Harry
Augustine Frederick

The connections of these detainees are not known.

To date (26th) the number of persons in preventive detention remains

at 74 and the names of these persons are :-

,Abraham, Albert -DeSousa, Norman LaCrette, Ian
S*Abraham, Fits-Albert *DeSousa, Raymond .Lewis, Osbert
iAlexander, Sonny co!.-* Donovan, George
.Alexis, Carlton 'Madrid, Johinn
*Alexis, Hubert Fletcher, H B *Masanto, Winston
nAllridge, Aldon '.Forsythe, Albert 'Mason, Godwin
Andrew, Bernard 41 7'T, -Francis, Adonis .McBain, EB n-
Andrews, Kenneth 3ri1.)' .Frank, JoW'1. -MSWeen, T'--
F" raiser Rf". Mitchell, Thomas
'Baptiste, K Frederick, jugustine
*Benjamin, C S6 *S'' Felix, Everast Neckles, C
B Benjamin, Godwin 'Noel, Norton
*Bishop, Moslyn *Gilbert, Edmond
*Bishop, Willie sPassee, Dudley
q Brian, P Hallal, JLsrT ,' .-7 .Patrick, bDnnelly
*Harry, John *Patrick, Steadman
yCampbell, M)l(eiL .Hood, Alston *Paul, C
*Charles, Claudius 'Phillip Noble
Cherman, Anthony26-7;7? .James, Cletus DPope, Dltonl
Church, Ashby' v! : James, Osbert *Preudhomme, Htibert
S Clarke, Albert 'John, P
*Clarke, PRannei~r *Jones, Francis
i" Coomansingh, D *Jonas, Terrance .- ;
*Joseph, Abraham Steadman
V (cienued)









Week Ending 26.5,79 THE GB9h 8 NMEwSLITR Page 7


.Raeburn, Oliver .Telesford, OstR
'Redhead, Clifford *Thomas, Chrysler
Rennie, Neville .
Richardson, Cosmos *Ventour, Aird
*Romain, Neville
,Rullow, George -Whyte, Ctrr''re
*Rush, Dennis

*Samuel, Clinty
*Simon, George
*Smith, Alson
.St.Bernard, Rupert
,St.Louis, Lloyd


The Preventive Detention Tribunal is provided for by People's Law

Number 8, and Dr Adolph Bierzynski was appointed Chairman.. The

other two appointees are Mr Bryce Woodroffe and Mrs Alice McIntyre.

The Tribunal is to make recommendations to the Minister for Security

who has the final word as to whether any detainee will be released.


The Tribunal commenced hearings on April 26th and NEwsLETTER

understands that its recommendations have been forwarded to Prime

Minister Maurice Bishop who is Minister for Security. To date

(26th), none of the detainees whose cases were heard by the Tribunal

have been released.
(428 words)




TORCHLIGHT's CAM A STILL NOT RETURNED


Nick Joseph, Acting Editor of the Grenada 'Torchlight' newspaper,

told NEWSLETTER today (26th) that the newspaper's camera has not yet

been returned by the Police.


A reporter for the newspaper, Richard McDonald, had his camera

confiscated on May 18th when he went to Fontenoy, some two miles

north of St.Georges, to investigate an alleged dispute between the

Principal of a private school, Major Fred Cowing, and the builders

of a community centre.


Major Cowing objects to the erection of the community centre (which

is being built some 15 feet from his boundary) on the grounds that

it will interfere with the operation of his school. The

community centre is a Government project and, when reporter McDonald

attempted to take photographs, he was attacked by the workers on the
site who seized his camera and forced him to take refuge in the

school. (continued)








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Two armed members of the People's Revolutionary Militia (PRM) arrived

on*the scene followed by a Policeman who took McDonald away, at the

same time assuring the PRM that, if any pictures had been taken, they

would not be published. McDonald was not detained but his camera

was held and, it is understood, the negative was developed for

examination.

Close to the private school and the proposed site of the community

centre is a gasoline tank farm which is a restricted area. There

has been no Government statement on this matter but the confiscation

of the camera and film is probably because photographs are not

allowed in that area. *


Acting Editor of the "Torchlight", Nick Joseph, told NEWSLETTER

today (26th) that he has been advised by the Sergeant in charge of

the Central Police Station that a formal application should be made

to the Commissioner of Police for release of the camera.
(289 words)



COOPERATIVE BANK PRESENTS ACCOUNTS

The Grenada Cooperative Bank Ltd, familiarly called "The Penny Bank"

twill present its 1978 accounts to its shareholders at the Annual

General Meeting of the Company fixed for Tuesday June 12,th.


These accounts show a net profit of EC$43 thousand for the year

endingg 30th September 1978, which figure, plus a balance of EC$47

thousand brought forward from the year before, makes a total of

EC$90 available for distribution. The Directors recommend

that, with this figure as a basis, 10% divjdedd be paid on

preference shares and 14% dividend on ordinary shares.


The Grenada Cooperative Bank Ltd was established in 1932 and opened

lits doors to business the following year. The Bank now has an

Luthorised capital of EC%1.5 million, of which BC$30,000 is in 5%

to 10% preference shares and the balance in $1, $5 and $100 ordinary

shares. These ordinary shares are valued respectively,

aC$120,000, BC$500,000 and EC$850,000.

'. f the preference shares and the $1 ordinary shares have been
(contfn1iaP)







Week Ending 2(.5.78 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 9


issued and fully paid up. None of the $5 ordinary shares have been

issued but 2,386 of the $100 ordinary shares have been sold, 42 -

within the last trading year.


A probable reflection of Government policy can be seen in the pattern

of 9doits made with the bank over the last four years. As a

result of the Banking (Special Deposits) Act passed in 1975, the
foreign Banks reduced their ILoans & 'be;sits
rates of interest on 1973 To 1978

deposits and this appears to Million
BCS___ -_.---- -----
have resulted in a flow of

deposits from the foreign

Banks to the local 4 -

Cooperative Bank which is "A" -- -

not affected by the Act. I"

Until 1975, both deposits 2 L -

and loans maintained a

fairly even figure but, from

1976, there has been a 0 '973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978

continuing sharp increase in "A" Loans
"B" Deposits
deposits and, from 1977,

loans have taken an upward trend.


During 1977, the Bank embarked on a programme of expansion and, on

November 7th of that year, opened its first branch. This was in

Grenville on the island's east coast and, on March 12th 1979,

another expansion step was recorded with the opening of a branch at

Sauteurs on the northern tip of Grenada.


This expansion programme has probably robbed the Company of recording

for the first time an annual profit of over EC$ 100 thousand.

Except for a slight drop in 1974 (the year of civil unrest in

Grenada), net profits have shown a steady climb from the EC$59.7

thousand figure of 1973 and, after the record net profit figure of

EC$96.8 thousand in 1977 a jump of over 10% above the previous

year, it could have been expected that the figure for 1978 would

have exceeded the EC$100 thousand mark.


(continued)


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However, heavy expenditure in land and buildings, and general and

administrative expenses related to the Company's expansion programme

(including extensive renovation
Net Profits
Sof the Head Office in St.Georges)
1973 To:.1978
Thousand reduced the net profit earned to

C- a figure somewhat below the 1973

figure.

S, This is reflected in the accounts,
60 h. i- .::;,,. : .
S' but a spokesman for the Bank told

40 .' NEWSLETTER that actual and
,3 i potential operations of the two
20
I ,l] branches are considered to be
0 '' more than adequate to make the
1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
investment of cash profits
worthwhile, and this is expected to be reflected in the results of

the current year.

Grenada Cooperative Bank Ltd
1973 To 1978


Capital Issued
General Reserve
Fixed Assets
Net Profit
Loans
Deposits


1973
369,600
500,000
46,090
59,754
3,052,315
2,770,319


1974
370,600
525,000
41,416
55,196
3,029,727
2,686,594


1975
371,400
575,000
38,483
83,856
3,139,112
2,786,558


1976
371,700
625,000
96,984
87,905
3,165,334
3,373,711


1977 1978
Capital Issued 384,400 388,600
!General Reserve 475,000* 475,000
1Fixed Assets 109,439 244,635 The sum of EC$S00,000
Net Profit 96,832 45,010 was transferred from
General Reserve in
(Loans 3,484,241 4,320,103 1977 to make provision
iDeposits 4,305,231 5,188,086 for doubtful debts.

(513 words)



DISMISSED CIVIL SERVANT CLAIMS VICTIMISATION

V Civil Servant, Mrs Kathleen Carberry, claims, in a letter published
:n the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper, that she was dismissed from the
3Srvice on May 2nd for allegedly divulging official secrets.

(continued)









Week Ending 26.5.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


Mrs Carberry's letter was published in "Torchlight" of May 6th,

following which she left the island. On ner return recently,

NEWSLETTER sought an interview but this was not given. Her

published letter, therefore, must be referred to for details of the

incident.


At the back of the story is a news item published in "Torchlight" on

April 25th. That story said plans were being finalised for the

Government of Cuba to finance the Grenada Government's youth

programme, The programme is to be launched shortly, "Torchlight"

said, and will involve some 15,000 Grenadians ranging from 16 to 25

years old for training in agriculture, teaching aid skills,

community health, feeder road construction and housing.


Mrs Carberry, who worked at the Ministry of Education, says in her

letter that she was briefed on discussions which took place on April

23rd between the Minister of Education and a "Cuban advisor". These.

discussions, she said, covered Youth For Reconstruction programmes,

and, as Social Extension Officer (Youth), she, together with other

members of the staff, was told, on the same day (23rd), about the

plans being made.
Husband
"Not being aware that the information received was an 'Official

Secret'", the letter says, "I, quite enthusiastically, and in the

privacy of my home, told my husband about the path my future work

would take."


Two days after, the article, under the headline of "Cuba to Finance

Grenada Youth P'Gramme", appeared in the "Torchlight" and

Mrs Carberry was questioned by Mr Norbert Fletcher, the Permanent

Secretary in the Ministry of Education, as to whether she had told

anybody about the information she received at the Ministry.

Mrs Carberry says she admitted having spoken to her husband,

Mr Eslee Carberry, who is a journalist, but denied any knowledge

as to whether he had given the story to "Torchlight"


On April 27th, Mrs Carberry was asked to see the Minister of

Education, Mr George Louison. "I did so", the letter says, "and
he put it to me quite bluntly that he called me about the article in
*(continued)


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"Torchlight", as he understood from Mr Fletcher that I admitted to

having spoken to my husband who, in turn, spoke to the "Torchlight".

I then denied that this was so."


Mrs Carberry said the Minister accused her of breaching the Official

Secrets Act and said disciplinary action would be taken against her.

On May 2nd she was notified that her services were no longer required.
Victimisation
"It is ironical", says the letter, "that with all the rethoric of

no victimisation, the right people for the right jobs regardless

of political affiliation, that I, a qualified Youth Worker holding

the Diploma in Social Studies from the University of London, a

Certificate in Community & Youth Work from the University of

Birmingham, various other courses, and several years of experience

in Youth & Social work in England, should be sacked so ignominiously

for allegedly leaking 'secrets'."


A spokesman for the Government told NEWSLETTER today (26th) that

Cuba has not agreed to finance Grenada's Youth Programme. The

spokesman said Mrs Carberry was told of plans the Ministry of

Education has for youth development, but these plans are not being

financed by Cuba and nothing of this was said to Mrs Carberry.


The spokesman said also that the Cuban Charge D'Affairs did have

discussions with the Minister of Education on April 23rd, but these

discussions were merely a part of general talks being held with all

Ministries relative to the visit of the Cuban Technical Assistance

Team which was due to arrive in Grenada mid-May.


"Mrs Carberry was dismissed", the spokesman said, "because, not only

was it evident that, through her, matters discussed at high levels

were reaching the press, but those matters were embellished with

supposed facts which were embarrassing to both the Grenada Government

and the Government of Cuba."
(659 words)



BANKS PAY GOVERNMENT BC$27.7 THOUSAND

The Commercial Banks in Grenada have paid Government BC$27,772.16
Sunder the Banking (Special Deposits) Act. Passed in 197f this Act
41 (continued)







Week Ending 26.5.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Pag 13


.demands that the Banks pay to Government all money in accounts which

have been "dormant and unclaimed" for six years. Depositors may

claim within a year, failing which, the money lapses to the

Government Treasury.


The Commercial Banks in Grenada, Barclays International Ltd (Barclays

The Royal Bank of Canada (Royal), The Canadian Imperial Bank of

Commerce (CIBC) and the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) paid together

BC$436,448.54 to Government in 1976 when the Act was first operated.

In 1977, only Royal.and CIBC paid any money and this totalled

BC$37,533.82.


The Grenada Cooperative.Bank Ltd has not been made subject to the

provisions of the Act.


Last year, again only Royal and CIBC paid and the total was

EC$40,606.95, while figures for 1979, now published in the Government

Gazette, show that collections have been made from CIBC, Barclays and

Scotiabank. The CIBC amount is EC$1,984.66 from 11 accounts,

Barclays EC$1,732 from 43 accounts and Scotiabank EC$6,774.99 from

93 accounts.


In addition, Government has published a list of dormant and

unclaimed accounts at Scotiabank which were due last year. There

are 143 of these accounts and they total EC$17,292.20.
(106 words)



NEWS SHORTS

JP returned to Archibald

Mr Fisher J Archibald has been made a Justice of the Peace with

effect from May 16th. This appointment .is announced in the

Government Gazette of May 18th and reverses the announcement in the

Government Gazette of July 18th 1975.


In that year, acting on a sworn statement and as a Justice of the

Peace, Mr Archibald issued a warrant for the arrest of Eric Gairy,

then Prime Minister, two members of the Police Force, Innocent,

Belmar and David Andrews, and a member of the Police Aids or i. ..
(continued)









IWg ,4_ THE-GRBNADA NBWSLETTERB. : Ending 26457


"Mongoose Gang", Terrance Jones. The arrest was in connection

with the parts these people had played in an incident on Novembe-

18th 1973 when three members of the New Jewel Movement wete beaten.


The Police failed to execute the warrant and Mx Archiba4d's

appointment as a Justice of the Peace was revoke-.
S" (140 wods)


GG Returns

Governor General Sir Paul Scoon returned to the State on May 14th

from a visit to London where he was invested by the Queen on May 4thj


Sir Paul left the island on April 28th and, during his absence,

Mr Alan LaGrenade acted in the post.
(45 words)


Fire-Setting Student Deported

Jerry Thomas',.25, US born and a student of the St.Georges University

School of Medicine, was deported from Grenada on May 19th following

an agreement made to compensate Government for the loss of a cottage

occupied by Thomas and destroyed by fire on May 6th.


It is reported that, at the time of the fire, Thomas was mentally

unbalanced. The fire at this cottage was one of two fires taking

place on the evening of May 6th and referred to by Prime Minister

Maurice Bishop in a national broadcast on May 8th. Mr Bishop

said then that the two fires were significant in view of information

he had that the United States. Central Intelligence Agency has plans

to destabilize the Grenada Government.
( 118 words)


Poor Response To Bishop's Invitation

An invitation issued by Prime Minister Bishop to the Governments. of

the smaller countries of the Eastern Caribbean has ha ,Apoor

response.


The invitation, issued on April 12th, was addressed to the

Governments of St.Kitts/Nevis, MOntserrat, Antigua, DominicSa,

St.Lucia and St.Vincent, and asked the Heads of Government of those

islands to visit Grenada on the week-end of April 20th to 23rd for
S. (continued)








Week Ending 26.5.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 15


frank discussions on what was called "apparent differences" between

Grenada and these countries.


NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that only one Government responded.

NEWSLETTER's sOurce declined to name this Government but said the

invitation had been accepted.
(103 words)

^I

CORRECTION.

A typographic error appears in the penultimate paragraph of a story,

"Trade Unions Get Compulsory Recognition", on page 5 in NEWSLETT".

for the week ending May 19th.


Reference is made in that paragraph to "People's Law Number 18".

This reference should be to "People's Law Number 29".


NEWSLETTER regrets this error.


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