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Volume 9 Number 4
For:The Week Ending August 22nd 1981
9th ,Year .of Publication.'- .-... 255th Issue
PRG: U.S. TO INVADE GRENADA BEFORE NOVEMBER
The current United States military exercises taking place at
the island of Vieques off the east coast of Puerto Rico are
the .largest manoeuvies since the end oa World War II, and one
aspect of the exercises undoubtedly deals with the direct
invasion of Grenada by American troopsA
This statement is part of a release issued on August 19th by
the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG), and the release-;,
says intelligence reports available to the PRG indicated that
either a mercenary invasion or direct military aggression by
the United States troops against Grenada would take place
before'November this year.
The PR. says the islands at which the United States manoeu`-
vres are taking place are code named "Amber" and "Amberdene"
and this is seen as "a clear reference to Grenada and its two
sister islands in the Grenadines, Carriacou and Petit Martin-
ique". Also, the PRG says, there is an area on the south
coast of Grenada called "Amber" which is in close proximity
to a security zone and not far from the international airport
Pointing out the similarity of the terrain in Vieques and
Grenada, the PRG'said also that, in the U.S, manoeuvres, the
"reasons" given for the "invasion" of the islands are the
same used consistently .by the Reagan administration and the
American press "to justify their popanda attack against
"They say clearly that the aim of the exercise is to over-
throw the present Government which is hostile to the United i
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States and to install a regime favourable tothe Ame'~icans and their
way otr ef" thg.PRG.said.
In the PRG's opinion, the American military exercises .at Vieques
constitute the gravest and greatest threat to the continuation and
consolidation o f th Grenada revolution, All Grenadians are
threatened the .- said, and it is'the responsibility of the entire
Grenadian people o mobilize to defend their country against external
The release referred to the manoeuvres of the Peoples Revolutionary
Army and Peoples Revolutionary Militia scheduled for 28th to 30th
August, and a call was made for-tall, patriotic Grenadians to prepare
themselves for their maximum participation" in, these manoeuvres.
"All who have not joined the Peoples Revoluilonary Militia are urged
to do so as soon as possible so that the month-end manoeuvres can be
a real success", the PRG said. "All are 'Eiged to join the Militia
and to get the necessary military training' today. 'To wait later may
be tqo late."
MEDIA WORKERS CONDEMN U.S.
The Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), an organisation of
workers employed in state-owned branches of the media, has called on
all media workers in the region to condemn "the obvious propaganda
campaign" directed against Grenada.
The call, made by Mr Ruggles Ferguson, MWAG Assistant Secretary,
was carried by Radio Free Grenada (RFG) on August 20th, and
Mr Ferguson drew the attention of media workers to the United States
military exercises in the Caribbean.
"We urge you to expose the true meaning of the U.S.'manoeuvres", he
said,', "and recognize the eminent threat which it poses, pot only to
the Glenada revolution, but to the peaceful development of the region
as a whoel".
Mr Ferguson also called on all Grenadian media workers to join the
Peoples Revolutionary Militia and prepare adequately to defend the
"We urge all.patriots of Grenada, including media workers, to partici-
pate fully in the military manoeuvres to be held at the end of this
month", he said, ."We have to show imperialism that a united, consci-
ous, organised and vigilant people can never be defeated*:. We will
defend our revolution against imperialist attacks at.any cost.
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The National Youth Organisation (NYO).of the ruling New Jewel
Movement (NJM), in a statement on RFG, also has condemned what it
called "the planned military invasion" of Grenada.
"We would like Ronald Reagan and the United States war-lords to know
that the NYO will not stand by and see our country attacked", the
statement said. "Far more than that, the NJM National Youth
Organisation, all our members, will be in the forefront of the
leading squads, platoons and battalions that will meet the invaders
of our dear country."
The NYO statement called on all youths to join the Militia now and
said, "if the lessons that were taught to imperialism in Cuba, Korea
and Viet Nam were not learnt, Grenada will teach them if necessary."
RFG said messages of solidarity with Grenada and condemning the
United States have been received from the Guyana Peoples Progressive
Party, the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement, the Grenada
Progressive League in New York, the Trinidad & Tobago Peace Council,
the NJM Support Group of the United Kingdom, the United Peoples
Movement of St Vincent, the Workers Farty:of Jamaida, the Dominica
Liberation Movement, the Peoples Progressive Movement of Barbados
and the National Black United Front of the United States.
BISHOP: "VOICE" PART OF CIA PLOT
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said on June 25th that the second
stage of "the CIA plan to overthrow the Peoples Revolutionary
Government" had already been implemented.
Mr Bishop was addressing one of several public meetings called that
week to talk about what the Government owned Radio Free Grenada
called the "counter-revolutionary" newspaper, "The Grenadian Voice",
which was closed by the PRG on June 19th.
The Prime Minister said the first stage of the alleged plot was the
publication of the newspaper. According to Mr Bishop, several.
shareholders of the Company publishing the newspaper were then "in.
different countries speaking out on the question of freedom of the
press in fulfilment of the second stage of the plot by the CIA."
Mr Bishop made specific reference to Mr Lloyd Noel, pne of the
shareholders who had been in London, England, since early June
arranging for a tour in Britain of a Roman Catholic Church sponsored
"Last week Wednesday and, again, last week Friday night in London",
Mr Bishop said, "Mr Lloyd go (sic) up there holding meetings,
bawling and talking in advance about freedom of the press, trying to
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turn the Grenadian people living in England against the revolution,
trying to'make them feel that what is at stake, what is involved is
a newspaper, and not telling them'f of course, the whole true story."
The Prime Minister said that, following Mr Noel's ",little piece
of meeting", Minister fi Labour Selwyn Strachan, who was in London,
held a very large meeting on June 21st and "thousands turned out to:
hear the line of the revolution."
Mr Bishop said also that the "third stage of the plot" lhad also been
launched by another shareholder in the newspaper Company, Mr Eric
Pierre, Secretary of the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union.
Mr Pietre had been instructed, the Prime Minister said that, as
soon-as the PRG closed "The Grenadian Voice", and as soon as the
"noise in the region starts", he was to instigate a strike on the
docks. Mr Bishop said Mr Pierre spent all of June 19th "walking
around the docks talking to the dockworkers in fulfilment of this
plan that the CIA gave him."
Mr Pierre, who was arrested by Security Forces in the early hours
of June 19th when "The Grenadian Voice" was closed, told NEWSLETTER
that, when he was released after a few hours, he returned to his
home in St Georges and then went to his off ic where h found a
group of stevedores awaiting him.
"These men were working on the banana boat", he said, "the news of
my arrest had reached them and was causing some concern, and they
told me the men working on the dock had wanted to make some
demonstration of protest to gain my release."
Mr Pierre said he went to the docks and had a meeting with the
stevedores to assure them that he had been released and that no
demonstration of protest was necessary. He denied emphatically
that he was in any plan to overthrow the Government or that he had
tried to instigate a strike.
In his address at the public meeting on June 25th, Mr Bishop
outlined further stages of the "CIA plot" which he said would
develop, and he said the shareholders in the banned newspaper
Company (the Committee of 26 he called them) had been chosen
carefully to participate in the "plot" at various stages.
TRAVEL BAN ON CPC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Grenada based Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Press Council
(CFC) and NEWSLETTER's Editor, Mr Alister Hughes, was blocked on
July 2nd from leaving Grenada to attend a CFC meeting in Trinidad.
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According to .Mr Hughes, he had cleared at Pearls airport with
airline officials, Immigration and Security and was in the departure
lounge when an Immigration official requested him to come to his
"The Immigration official told me instructions had been received
from the Security Division of the Prime Minister's office that my
tax records are to be investigated by the Income Tax Department and
I was not to be allowed to travel", Mr Hughes said.
The CFC Executive Secretary said he told the Immigration official
that he had a written and signed clearance to travel from the Income
Tax Department, which clearance the Airport Immigration Desk had
already inspected, and he felt there must be some error. The
Immigration official insisted, however,.that his instructions were
to prevent Mr Hughes from travelling and he could do nothing.
PM's Personal Assistant
Mr Hughes said he then phoned Mr Ian Jacobs, Personal Assistant to
the Prime Minister. Mr Jacobs said he knew nothing of the matter
but said he would investigate. Mr Hughes said Mr Jacobs. called
back 10 minutes later and reported that he .was,unable to contact
anyone who could clear up the matter.
"I then phoned Mr Alfred DeBellot, tle Comptroller of Income Tax.and
asked for an explanation", Mr Hughes.said, ."but the Comptroller told
me he was unaware of any investigation into my tax records and
suggested that the ban on my travel was for some other reason"
Contact was made again with Mr Jacobs at this stage, Mr Hughes said,
and Mr Jacobs, having been told of Mr Degellot's ignorance of the
matter, promised to call Mr DeBellot. According to Mr Hughes,
Mr Jacobs called back a few minutes later and said the investigation
into the tax records mustt have escaped DeBellot's attention", but
Mr Jacobs said he had confirmed that the investigation was in
progress and, until it was completed, Mr Hughes -would not be able to
leave the island.
"Mr Jacobs could not tell me who was conducting the investigation",
Mr Hughes said, "and he could give me no advice as to whom I could
apply for more information on the matter."
Mr Hughes was the third person who, between June 24th and July 2nd,
was officially barred from leaving Grenada. On June 24th,
Mr Norris Franker, Manager pf the Grenville branch of the Royal Bank
of Canada, who was travelling on business, and Mr Stephen John, who
was travelling to Barbados to get a visa to travel to the USA, were.
not allowed to board the plane. Neither man was given any reason
for the ban on his travel.
Messrs Hughes, Franker and John are all members of the Company which
published the newspaper, "The Grenadian Voice", which was closed by
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the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) on June 19th. In his
"Heroes Day" address on -the same day, Prime Minister Bishop called
"The Grenadian Voice" ,counter-revolutionary and said .the paper was
part of a plot by the United States Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) to overthrow his Government.
Since June 19th and to date, several members of the banned news-
paper Company (including Mr Hughes) have had their telephones
disconnected and three cars belonging to members of the Company
(Messrs Eric Pierre, Alister Hughes and Mrs Muriel Spencer),
seized by the Security Forces when the paper was closed, have not
been returned. A fourth car belonging to Mr Leslie Pierre
( now- detained), seized at the same time as the other three, was
returned to Mr Pierre's wife on August.14th following
representations made to the PRG by Rotary International of which
Mr Pierre is a member.
In addition, the homes of some members of the Company, including
Mr Hughes, have been subject to round the clock surveillance.since
June 19th. Mr Hughes and his wife ,were "tailed" whenever they
left home and, for a period, persons entering and leaving the
Hughes' home were searched.
Mr Hughes told NEWSLETTER that open surveillance of his home
stopped on August 3rd and'he and his wife are no longer aware of
ISLAN'SCOUT COMMISSIONER'S HOME SEARCHED
The home of Mr Leslie Pierre, Editor of the banned newspaper, "The
Grenadian Voice" and Grenada's Island Scout Commissioner, was
searched on July 3rd.
Mr Pierre told NEWSLETTER a party of some 12 members of the Peoples
Revolutionary Army and one Policeman arrived at his south coast
home about 5.45 am and the Policeman read a warrant to search for,
arms and ammunition.
"The search was a though one and lasted two hours", Mr Pierre
said, "and the search party seemed particularly interested in
papers and documents. Mr Pierre said several documents were
taken away from his study, including a cable from Mr Sherman
Ramsingh, the Regional Scout Executive in Trinidad.
Mr Pierre was arrested and detained on July llth. (see story
on page 8)
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ALISTER HUGHES' TAX RECORDS INVESTIGATED
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) in July ordered An
immediate investigation into the tax records of Mr Alister Hughes,
correspondent for the Caribbean News Agency canaA), Agence France-
Presse (AFP), Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Press Council
and NEWSLETTER's Editor. At the same time, the 'PRG placed a
ban on Mr Hughes' travel pending completion of the investigation.
This was announced in an official release over Radio Free Grenada
on July 3rd and was a new development in an incident which started
at Pearls airport on July 2nd when Mr Hughes was prevented by
Immigration officials from leaving the island.
The announcement said Mr Hughes had refused to pay his income tax
and that the tax assessment of EC$1708.96 for.1979 is too small'
"given Hughes :life-'style".
"This. could only be right if Hughes' entire income from all sources
was somewhere in the vicinity of $800.00 per month", the release
said, "but Alister Hughes had himself andhis wife to support, two
maids to pay, a huge house with all the modern electrical facilities
and a car to maintain, electricity,^ telephone, water and gas hills
to pay, land and house tax to pay, plus, he has to finance his
frequent trips abroad."
The release said also that Mr Hughes, "in a dishonest, unethical
manner" made a news report (see that report on page 4) on the
incident at the airport "without even mentioning the fact that he is
living off the social services paid for by the working people of the
country in the parasitic way typical of many unpatriotic elements of
the class he represents".
"The people of Grenada are fully aware that Hughes has no intention
of telling the Caribbean people the truth or of maintaining
professional standards of journalism", the release said, "but his
intention is to use cheap journalism in the interests of his
Mr Hughes told NEWSLETTER he has never refused to pay income tax but
that, since last August, he had had an appeal pending'before the
Income Tax Commissioners relative to his 1979 assessment. He said
that, according to the Income Tax Law 1980, his wife, as a working
person, should be allowed to file a separate tax return, and this
is the basis of his appeal.
With reference to the action of the Immigration officials at the
airport stopping him from leaving the island on July 2nd, Mr Hughes
said he was on his way to attend a meeting of the Caribbean Press:
Council and he had in his possession an exit certificate from the
Income Tax Department clearing him for travel.
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"As Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Press Council", Mr Hughes
said, "it was very important that I should attend that meeting
and I wrote to Prime Minister Bishop, in his capacity as Minister
for Information, requesting his intervention in the matters"
Mr Hughes said he has had no acknowledgement of his letters
Mr Hughes told NEWSLETTER that, on July 15th, he had had an
interview with a senior officer of the IncoMe Tax Department who
exAmined the accounts he had submitted and declared them to be in
"The only thing he changed", Mr Hughes said, "was a rate of
depreciation which differed slightly from the rate set out in the
new Income Tax Ordinance and which made very little difference to
the final accounts."
This clearance did not lift the travel ban, Mr Hughes said, as the
Acting Comptroller of Income Tax, after reference to the Ministry
of Finance", said the ban would remain in effect until the appeal to
the Commissioners was heard.
That appeal was heard on August 14th, Mr Hughes,said, and he now
awaits the outcome.
NOEL, PIERRE, THOMAS, ROBERTS DETA INED
Four persons were detained on July llth by the Peoples Revolution-
ary Government on charges that they are agents of the United
States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and are involved in
counter-revolutionary activity in Grenada.
The persons detained are Messrs Lloyd Noeland-TillmAn Thomag
barristers, Mr Leslie Pierre, a Small businessman and Grenada's
Island Scout Commissioner, and Mr Stanley Roberts, Assistant
Secretary of the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union. Mr Noel
was, at one time, a member of the New Jewel Movement and Peoples
RevoJutionary Government; he resigned as Acting Attorney General
& Minister of Legal Affairs last year.
Announcing the detentions on July llth in the course of delivering
the feature address at the launching ceremony of the Grenada Media
Workers 'Association, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said the arrest
of the four should be a lesson to "those elements who are unpre-
pared to understand that there is a price to be paid if you are
involved in counter-revolution"
"We sincerely hope, comrades", he said, ."that others who are now
engaged in plotting and planning and organising to overthrow will
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learn the lesson of this morning. We hope they will understand,
yet again, that when there is a threat to this revolution, the
people and the revolution will stop at nothing to make sure that
the revolution does not fall."
Three of those arrested, Messrs Noel, Pierre and Thomas, are share:-
holders in the Company which published the banned "Grenadian Voice"
newspaper whose first issue appeared on June 13th. Mr Bishop,
who declared that the "Grenadian Voice" was an instrument of the
CIA, announced the detentions against the background of an attack
he launched against this newspaper and the local correspondents of
the Caribbean News Agency, United Press International, the
Associated Press and Agence France Presse.
Truth & Facts
"On the local front, on a daily basis," he said, "our people also
have to put up with the fact that every single day reports leave
our country being sent out by those.who represent the CANA, the
UPI, the AP and the APP, people who have long since abandoned all
regard for truth and facts."
Mr Bishop said the Grenada correspondents of these wire services
now see their roles and their jobs as being to purvey lies and
inaccuracies and distortions on a daily basis, all aimed with the
intention to smear the image of "our free and fighting.people and
the revolutionary process that we aro building."
The Prime Minister said the arrests of Messrs Noel, Thomas, Pierre
amd Roberts should be taken as a lesson that no one in Grenada will
be allowed to work with the CIA.
"Those who like the CIA, those who want to go to work or continue
to work with the CIA", he said, "there are several planes leaving
Barbados for America every day, go and catch one of those planes and
go off to the United States."
Mr Bishop said anyone who wished to stay in Grenada, even if they
did not support the revolution, if they did their job normally,
they would be welcome. If, however, they became involved in
counter revolution, they would be exposed, isolated and ruthlessly
JOURNALIST'S COPY INSPECTED
Action of the Peoples Revolutionary Government against shareholders
of the banned newspaper, "The Grenadian Voice", took a new turn on
Journalist Alister Hughes, NEWSLETTER's Editor and a member of what
the PRG calls "the Gang of 26", the 26 shareholders in the Company
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which owns the banned newspaper, t;ld NEWSLETTER that, while he was
in the public telex booth at Cable & Wireless on July llth, Security
personnel entered the booth and demanded to see his copy.
"I was then filing stories on the Prime Minister's address at the
conference on the problems of small island-states", he said,
together with a report on a speech made by Mr Don Rojas, Editor of
the "Free West Indian",at the launching ceremony last Saturday of
the Media W lrkkrs Association."
Mr Hughes said the Security men looked at his copy but made no
According to Mr Hughes, a further development took place on July
14th when his wife, Cynthia, was returning home with photocopies
of the official publication of the ruling New Jewel Movement.
Mr Hughes said his records include files of the NJM paper and the
photocopies were to complete his files.
"We were missing some of the back numbers"; he said, "and were
able to borrow copies which we photocopied for our files. A
Security guard stopped my wife outside of our gate and confiscated
both the originals and the-photocopies which she had in her bag."
"VOICE" SHAREHOLDERS DEFECT
Mr Dudley Francis, 71, a farmer and a shareholder in Spice Island
Printers, publishers of "The Grenadian Voice", the newspaper
which was banned by the peoples revolutionary Government in June,
has disassociated himself from Spice ,Island Printers.
This was announced on July 17th by Radio Free Grenada (RFG) in a
statement which called the shareholders of a Company a "counter
revolutionary group of 26 responsible for the publication of 'the
Grenadian Voice' "*.
RFG said that, in a signed statement, Mr Francis said he bought
shares inSpice Island Printers because he was told it had met all
the legal requirements. RFG reported that Mr Francis said he
had learned, since then, that the paper has "CIA implications"
and he was, therefore, disassociating himself.
According to RFG, Mr Francis signed statement says, "I now make
open declaration and disassociate myself completely from the
company- of 26."
On July 18th, paid advertisements by two other shareholders in
the Company appeared in the Government owned 'Free West Indian"
newspaper. One, signed by Mr Norris Franker, declared that
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he has no "further association or .connection, direct or indirect,
with -the newspaper called 'The Grenadian Voice' "
The other, signed by Mr David Otway, did not declare disassociation
with the newspaper but said Mr Otway had "agreed to become a
shareholder in a newspaper in the honest belief that I was acting
in the best interest of my country."
Mr Dennis Forrester, 34, a farmer of St Andrews Parish, became the
fourth shareholder to make a public statement with reference to
Spice Island Printers Ltd.
Radio Free Grenada said on July 31st that Mr Forrester had disclosed
in an interview that he had been approached by barrister Mr Lloyd
Noel (since detained by the PRG) to take shares in the Company.
Mr Forrester said he had been assured by Mr Noel that the paper was
being produced legally and he agreed to take shares. He said he
did not have money at that time so he did not pay but, a week
later, he "saw his name on paper."
Of what the PRG calls the "Gang of 26", (the 26 shareholders in
Spice Island Printers) Forrester said he knows only Messrs Stephen
John, John Smith, Tillman Thomas (detained), Ben Jones, Lioyd Noel
(detained) and Alister Hughes. The .rest, he said, he does not
know "from here to adams".
"I never got together in any plot or decide anything with anybody",
Mr Forrester said, "I am quite innocent, I don't know nothing about
CIA business and what not."
RFG named the three other persons who have "disassociated them
selves" from the "Grenadian Voice" as Mr David Otway, a businessman,
Mr Dudley Francis, a farmer and Mr Norris Franker, Manager of the
Grenville Branch of the Royal Bank of Canada. Mr Franker and
his family have since left Grenada.
CLARKE "ARROGANT & HYPOCRITICAL"
The Peoples Revolutionary Government described as "arrogant" and
"hypocritical" a request from Mr Oliver Clarke, President of the
Caribbean Publishing & Broadcasting Association (CPBA) that he meet
with Prime Minister Maurice Bishop for discussions.
In a statement published on July 21st, the PRG responded to a cable
sent by Mk Clarke ~t Mr Bishop with reference to the closure by the FRG
Of the Grenadian newspaper, "The Grenadian Voice", and the travel
ban on Grenadian Journalist Mr Alister Hughes and others.
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Mr Clarkes cable said CPBA interpreted the PRG's actions as
"undemocratic and a violation of the rights of the Grenadian people
to freedom of expression, and a denial of the right of movement to
Hughes and others".
The PRG statement published on July 21st said the "attack" on the
PRG was a predictable response from a group opposed to genuinely
free people." The PRG has no intention of stopping the right of
movement of any Grenadian, the statement said, "as long as they
abide by the law, pay their taxes and refrain from collaborating
with the CIA or any other destabilising agencies."
According to the statement, "The Grenadian Voice" was established
to disseminate the views and ideas of a minority who are opposed
to peace and social progress and are "bent on giving full support
to the CIA plan for turning back the revolution."
"T'e Grenadian Voice' was not set up as a media for the working
people, women and children of Grenada", the statement declared,
"and, as such, the CPBA attacks the PRG for acting on behalf of
the majority of Grenadians."
Describing Mr Clarke as "Managing Director of the infamous 'Gleaner'
newspaper", the statement said no useful purpose can be served by
granting Mr Clarke's request for discussions with Mr Bishop since
"clarke uses the 'Gleaner' to write libellous editorials and to
mount unwarranted attacks on the PRG."
"Apart from being the President of CPBA", the statement continued,
"Oliver Clarke is also a Vice President of the Inter American Press
Association. This Association played a leading role in the
overthrow of the democratically elected Chilean Government of
Salvador Allende and the installation of the current facist Pinochet
PRG ATTACKS MEDIA
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) reacted angrily to an
editorial in the July 30th issue of the Trinidad "Express"
newspaper which urged Caribbean Community Governments to isolate
the Grenada Government.
In a statement issued on June 30th, the PRG said the call for
isolation issued by the "Express" is part of "efforts by the U.S.
Government and reactionary forces in the region to turn back the
The PRG is not surprised at the call by the "Express" because,
the statement said, the "Express" has been the most rabid opposer
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of the Grenada revolution from the very beginning and has carried
over 150 attacks on the revolution at the rate of 3 a week.
"The 'Express' and its Managing Director, Ken Gordon, head the list
of a clique of regional newspapers and newspaper owners who have
aligned themselves with U.S. imperialism and its local and regional
agents in an overall plan to turn back the Grenada revolution", the
This clique, the statement added, includes the Jamaica "Gleaner",
the "Trinidad Guardian", the Barbados "Adv6cate" and "Nation", the
"Voice of St Lucia", "The Vincentian". and others.
"Express" Managing Director, Mr Ken Gordon, writes most of the
articles and editorials in the paper attacking Grenada, the state-
ment said, and is Chairman of the Caribbean ..*....*......
Publishing & Broadcasting Association ('an organisation of owners of
the hostile newspapers mentioned earlier'), and Vice-President of
the Inter American Press Association ('controlled by the United
States Central Intelligence Agency'), and Chairman of the Board of
the Caribbean News Agency canaA).
"Thus", the statement said, "when attacks on the revolution are made
in these newspapers, it ;s not. the voice of the people of the
Caribbean but the voice.of Ken Gordon alone who sits at the top of
the clique of anti-Grenada elements in the regional media."
Only a few weeks ago, the statement said, the United States State
Department called a meeting in,Washington for "all of the most
reactionary and conservativenewspapers in the English speaking
Caribbean", and, according to the statement, these newspapers were
offered U.S, assistance in return for stepped up attacks on Grenada.
"This bribe has worked", the statement said, "and since that meeting,
hardly a day has passed without an attack on the Grenada revolution
by one of these newspapers."
The statement urged Grenadians to learn more about "genuine press
freedom and propaganda destabilisation", so they will not be
confused when enemies of the revolution "hide behind false concepts
of press freedom to attack Grenada where genuine press freedom is
Grenadians were also called upon to be vigilant "in this time of
intensified attacks on the revolution" because, the statement said,
the United States Government, the State Department and the CIA have
already set a deadline for the overthrow of the PRG and the "turning
back" of the revolution.
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PRG HAILS "CONTACT" EPITORLALI..
Radio Free Grenada (RFG) said 'on July 31st that, at a time when the
most powerful and most reactionary newspapers in the region are
carrying out almost daily attacks against the Grenada revolution, a
widely read regional newspaper has said it has 'o intention of
joining the current campaign against Grenada'.
"In a page one editorial in its August issue", RFG said,: '
'Caribbean Contact*, organ of the Caribbean Conference of
Churches, described the campaign against Grenada as an anti-Cuba,
anti-communist campaign being 'spearheaded by some of the most
reactionary spokespersons: and medi'ainterests 'i the United States
and the Caribbean".
RFG said the editorial declared' "Contact ,s" commitment :to "exposing
the Reagen administration's plans which are designed to remove the
PRG", and the paper said it sees Washington's destabilizationn *
campaign against the PRG as an extension of America's war against
Cuba and'as part of its overall.scheme to.prevent socialism from
spreading in this region where theo United States says, pluralism is
to be respected."
The broadcast quoted the editorial as calling the United States
policy on human rights "hypocritical" and saying that this policy
has done much to promote an atmosphere of instability in Grenada.
"Mr Reagan's bedfellows include the rulers of racist South Africa,
Chile, Haiti, Guatemala and El Salvador", RFG quoted the editorial
as saying, "but as a condition fbr the normalisation of relations
with Grenada, he insists on the holding of elections."
According to the RFG broadcast, "Comtact" called on regional critics
of the PRG to be sure about who the real enemy and destabilisation
force in the region is, and said if any harm comes to the PRG
leadership, the paper would be in no doubt about United States
Political..observers in Grenada noted that the RFG broadcast did
not refer to the three "concerns" of the "Contact" newspaper set
out in its editorial. The paper said it does not countenance
denial of civil liberties in any country and that it strongly
favours the right of dissent.
"Consequently", the editorial said, "we are anxious that the PRG
produce its promised constitution and establish the machinery
through which the people of Grenada, a member of the Caribbean
Community, can have the opportunity to endorse or reject a
Government at free and periodic elections."
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"Contact" said that, whatever may be the PRG's own experiment in
participatory politics by the Grenadian masses, it hoped the
Grenada Government would consider it as being valuable to its
political system the existence of the mechanism for meaningful
"This brings us to our second area of concern", the paper said,
(the) failure of the PRG, since its closure of the "Torchlight" in
October 1979, to formulate its promised media policy."
"Our third area of concern", the paper said, "has to do with the
need for the PRG to create the necessary conditions for the trial of
at least 120 Grenadians who have been in prison.for periods ranging
from 28 months the life of the PRG to one year."
"Contact" said it felt the curtailment of civil liberties should not
be neglected in any country of the Caribbean because they are non-
existent elsewhere. "Therefore", the paper said, in:;this
season of intense, hawkish pressures on his Government, Mr Bishop
needs to act with restraint as the PRG continues its programme of
educating the Grenadian people about'rtheir real enemies."
CARICOM FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET
The sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Foreign Ministers opened on June 30th at the Convention
Centre, Grand Anse, Grenada.
Presiding over the opening ceremony.was Dr Kurleigh King, CARICOM
Secretary General, and he said that, at no time since the movement
for independence began, has the Caribbean confronted a situation of
greater stress and strain.
"On the one hand", he said, "there is the effort at national and
regional levels to restructure economies and refashion or devise new
institutions which will enable the expectations of our peoples to be
met. On the other hand, the pressures of an obsolete and unjust
economic order increasingly threaten our hard won gains."
Dr King said these difficulties have been compounded by the hazards
of the Caribbean being perceived as an area of major strategic
interest to the super powers, with consequent attempts to dictate or
subvert Westindians' clearly identified goals.
"In this programme of fundamental change", he said, 'Grenada occupies
a place and plays a role which have been the focus of major inter-
national interest and attention. It might therefore be considered
appropriate that the CARICOM institution charged with responsibility
for international relations, the Standing Committee of Ministers
responsible for Foreign Affairs, should be' meeting here :in
St.Georges at this time."
Dr King said the meeting in Grenada was the second of 5 occasions
in 6 weeks at which CARICOM Ministers met to discuss matters of
mutual interest. "The regional integration movement is
tremendously alive at this time and responsive to the pace of
change" he said.
This meeting, which ended on July 1st, was attended by Foreign
Ministers from St Lucia, Jamaica, St Kitts and Grenada. Dominica
and St Vincent were also represented but not at Ministerial level.
A source close to the meeting told NEWSLETTER that Prime Minister
Miss Eugenia Charles of Dominica, returning home from Washington
on the day before, was unlikely to make flight connections in time
to attend the meeting.
Not represented were BarbadoS, Trinidad & Tobago, Montserrat and
JOSIE: MEND GRENADA/BARBADOS RIFT
Except for a special meeting held in Belize last March, it has been
over a year since the Standing Committee of CARICOM Foreign
Ministers met last in St.Lucia.
This was disclosed on June 30th by Mr- Peter Josie, St.Lucia's
Foreign Minister and outgoing Chairman of the Standing Committee
as he addressed that Committee at the start of a two day meeting
Mr Josie said this is a cause for concern because meetings of the
Caribbean Commubity's institutions are the "engines of integration"
and, when they falter, they must consequently affect.the. pace of
the regional integration movement.
"What must be of even greater concern to us", he said, "is that
the long delay in holding this meeting was partly due to a dispute
between the host country and another member of the Community which
today is not represented here."
Mr Josie referred to what he called the "misunderstanding between
Barbados' and Grenada" which he said is unfortunate and he hoped
it would be:cleared up soon.
"It is, in my view", he said, incumbentt upon all of us members
of this Community to see that a speedy resolution in the normal-
isation of relationships between Barbados and Grenada is
achieved." continued -
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Since last November,-relations between Barbados and Grenada have
been strained following a call made by Barbados Prime Minister Tom
Adams on Grenada's Peoples Revolutionary Government to hold ,promised
The outgoing Chairman of the.Standing Committee said, perhaps, the
single most important development since the last meeting of the
Committee has been the advent of a new Administration in the United
States of America, and he thought that the attitude which that
Administration has displayed so far makes a joint CARICOM response
"The policy of that Administration, based on its competition with
its superior power rival, the USSR", he said, "has not served only,
to heighten international tensions generally and led the U.S.A. to
take positions against the Third World, but it has' highlighted
those aggressive intents in Southern Africa."
Mr Josie said the U.S.A. has recently attempted to pressuxrise::the
Government and people of Grenada by insisting that a $4 million
dollar contribution to the Caribbean Development Bank could be given
only if Grenada was not allowed to use from those funds.
"We are proud to say", Mr Josie added, "that the rest of the
Caribbean stood firmly by Grenada and had no part with this deal,
especially',as the deal meant the vulgarising of one of our regional
It is important, Mr Josie said, that the Caribbean countries should
continue to work together in the face of the changing international
The tradition of the Standing Committee of Foreign Ministers is that
the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs in the country hosting
the meeting be elected Chairman. In this connection, Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop was elected to replace outgoing Mr Peter
BISHOP ADDRESSES FOREIGN MINISTERS
Delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of the sixth
meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Foreign Ministers which opened in Grenada on June 30th, Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop said the international and regional
situation is very grave.
The Caribbean faces many dangers, he said, and he said the "next
logical step in Community activities" is a CARICOM Heads of
Government meeting to improve the existing situation in the region
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and in CARICOM in particular, and to deal effectively with the
several problems and issues affecting the regional integration
"The CARICOM Heads of Government have not met since 1975", he said.
"This is a fundamentally unfortunate reality as many events have
occurred which necessitate a meeting of the highest organ of CARICOM".
Mr Bishop said the Foreign Ministers meeting took place against a
background of very tense and complex international situations of both
political and economic dimesonions. He referred to El Salvador
where, he said, there exists a focal point of tension and insecurity.
"Though based on false premises which have now been fully exposed
and discredited", he said, "the realisation of the threat of direct
foreign intervention in El Salvador could plunge the Central
American and Caribbean area into a state of open conflict in a vain
attempt to frustrate the legitimate aspirations of these heroic
The Prime Minister referred also to Namibia and said the Standing
Committee would, with deep satisfaction, take note of the Resolution
passed unanimously three days before by the Organisation of African
Unity (OAU) condemning "Western support for South: Africa in its:-
illegal hold on Namibia."
Mr Bishop said all 50 Heads of Government of the OAU denounced the
"unholy alliance between Praetorie and Washington", and condemned
"sinister moves by the Reagan Administration to circumvent efforts
being made to bring about elections under United Nations
The Prime Minister said that two issues of particular concern to
all Commonwealth countries are the matters of apartheid in sport and
the recently enacted United 'Kingdom "Nationality Bill". Because
these matters concern Westindians, he said, the Standing Committee
would need to analyse them, assess their full implication and impact
and take firm, principled positions to ensure that the legitimate
interests and concerns of Westindians and other Commonwealth and
Third World citizens are fully respected and upheld.
Certain divisive and exploitative forces are attempting to push
CARICOM countries into a situation of cold war alignment, Mr BiShop
said, and he thought this is an era in which relations in and out of
the region must be founded on the principles of cooperation,
peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, non-interference in the
internal affairs of other states and the practice of ideological
"Policies of confrontation, Cold war rhetoric and military build
up", he said, "threaten to erode the gains hard won in the period
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of the 1960s and 1970s under the guidance of the Non-aligned
Movement. It is in the objective interests of the Caribbean
Community of Nations to struggle for harmonious relations in the
Mr Bishop said that, in an effort to deepen the integration process,
the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) now issues a strong call
for unity, solidarity and further integration among all members of
"Let us face the world as one united region, conscious of our
collective strength and our individual frailty", he said.
The Prime Minister said Grenada could have no objection to sister
CARICOM countries receiving aid from whatever source they wish. On
the contrary, he urged doners and potential doners to make "positive
and substantial contributions to the objective improvement of the
material and spiritual condition of the region's poor."
"However", he said, "what Grenada takes exception to and will
continue to reject, is the manipulative and divisive use of funds
geared towards compromising our institutions, our solidarity among
us and our peoples' integrity. Grenada will always condemn neo-
colonialist and imperialist tactics whether they are disguised,
dressed up or naked."
In declaring the meeting open, Mr Bishop pledged the willingness of
the PRG to continue to work in a spirit of fraternal and sisterly
cooperation for greater CARICOM integration.
GCNA HAS DEFICIT ON TRADING
Weak prices and a continuing,fall off in demand during the last 6
months of last year resulted in an overall dificit in the trading
of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) for the half
year ending 31st December 1980.
In a Report to nutmeg producers just issued by the Association's
Board, it is disclosed that this is the first time since 1972 that
GCNA has suffered a trading deficit. The Report says that, at
31st December last, the losses on sales of nutmegs and second
quality mace totaled EC$213.2 thousand while the surplus on sales
of first quality mace was EC$193..6 thousand. Total sales were
EC$4.3 million and the overall-defidit EC$19.6 thousand.
GCNA is a Statutory Body through which all exports of nutmegs and
mace must be made. The operating system is that, throughout the
trading year, cash advances are made to producers and, when the
books are closed on June 30th, the trading surplus is distributed to
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In 1978, on sales of EC$16.1 million, producers enjoyed EC$4 million
in advances and a further EC$4 million surplus on trading. In
1979, sales dropped to EC$12.5
million and, while producers Trading Surplus
received EC$4.8 in advances, Million 1975 1980
the trading surplus dropped to
EC$2.8 million. However, the
Board decided to transfer 4 -
funds from reserves and a
"surplus" of EC$4.3 million was 3
The situation deteriorated in
1980 with sales falling to ___
EC$11.8 million. Nevertheless
advances to producers went to 0
EC$5 million but, when the 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
trading surplus went down to EC$2.2 million, the Board again
transferred funds from the reserves to pay a "surplus" of EC$4
For the first six months of the 1981 year, sales are at the
disappointing figure of EC$4.3 million. This resulted, says the
Board, because "market conditions continued to be unfavourable
during the half-year with the demand still falling as a result of the
world wide economic recession and with prices continuing weak because
of selling pressures from individual exporters in Indonesia."
Advances To Producers
Advances To Ps The Board expressed the hope
M 1975 1980
Million 1975 0 that "improved market conditions
6 during the second half of the
i nutmeg year will enable the
S Association to return to an
overall surplus situation for the
S \full year." It appears,
S\ however, that this hope may not
3__ be realized. Sales and prices
remain depressed and, while
2_ figures are not yet available,
trading for 1981 may result in a
1 ..very small surplus i it escapes
I a deficit.
1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 No.r will it be easy for the Board
to, once more, transfer funds frow
reserves in order to pay a "surplus". At the end of the 1980
trading year, GCNA had a little more than EC$8 million in reserve
but the Board was unhappy with the situation. It warned producers
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that the cash liquidity position of the Reserve Fund was at "an
uncomfortably low level", particularly in view of the continuing
poor state of the market Sales Nutmegs & Mace
and the "grim prospects" of 1975 1980
an even lower trading Million Million
surplus in 1981. ECS lbs
17 --~ *---- I :---'-'-
Over the July to December
period last year, West
Germany was by far the
Association's biggest buyer 1
of both Nutmegs and Mace.
That country took 26.34% of l
all nutmegs exported from
the island and 62.91% of 1
all Mace. In Nutmegs, the
United States of America 1
was next with 16.41%
followed by the United il
Kingdom with 14.64% and
Holland with 13.13%.. 1
In addition to West Ger-
many, only four countries
bought Mace during the six I
month period. They were
the United Kingdom (30.28%)l
Canada (5.53%), Sweden
(.43%) and Noeway (.85-0).
In addition to the four
mentioned above, countries
buying Nutmegs, in order of
size of purchases, were
Argentina, Spain, Canada,
Belgium, Italy, Cuba,
France, Jamaica, Sweden,
Surinam, Denmark, Jordan,
Trinidad & Tobago, DominicaJ
Barbados and the British
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n 0 S'
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S. ,___ d e
1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 .1980
Mace $-P--e-.-- Nutmegs lbs --)X-x--
Nutmegs $ - -Mace lb --L-4s--Y--
Nutmegs + Mace $ .,,.-
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DIFFICULT 1980 YEAR FOR COCOA
The Coc6a Industry had a difficult year in 1980 and the reserves of
the Grenada Cocoa Industry Board are now threatened.
This was disclosed on February 25th by Mr Lyden Ramdhanny, Chairman
of the Board, and he offered no hope that the current year will be
"Since we closed our books last September", Mr Ramdhanny said,
"there have been further decreases in world market prices and it is
fortunate that the Board has built up a reserve to tide it through
these difficult times.'
The declining state of the Industry is as a result of double-
barreled adversity4 First, as a result of unfavorable weather
conditions and disease on the cocoa plantations, production fell in
1980 by some 19% from the 1979 figure The second adverse
condition was the fall of the world market prices, the average price
per pound of EC$5.07 in 1979, falling to EC$4.52 in 1980.
Figures published by the Board show the gross sales in 1980 were
EC$18.2 million as compared with EC$27,3 million in 1979, the 1980
sales resulting in net income of only BC$6.9 million as compared
with EC$12.3 million in 1979.
The Board operates on the basis of purchasing cocoa from farmers
during the year and, when the trading results are known,
distributing "surplus" funds to the farmers on the basis of their
deliveries to the Board.
Mr Ramdhanny said that, in spite of the fall in earnings, the Board
will distribute the "surplus" at the same rate as last year, that
is at EC$1.00 per pound. The sum distributed was EC$4.7
million, a fall of about EC$1 million from last year as a result
of the drop in production.
Negotiations have been completed with the Canadian International
Development Agency for the financing of a propagation and
replanting programme for the Cocoa Industry and it is expected
that this will be implemented in the last quarter of this year.
The results of this programme are expected to be seen in an
increase in cocoa production in 1984.
PRISONER ALLEGES TORTURE
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRA) has been accused of
torturing one of the prisoners charged with the June 19th 1980
bomb explosion murder of two young girls.
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The accusation was made on January 24th last by Layne Phillip, one
of the six persons held on this charge. Phillip and the other
accused were, at the time, appearing in the Magistrate's Court to
begin the preliminary hearing of the murder charge.
Phillip told Magistrate Lyle St Paul that one of his guards had
pointed a revolver at his head and had threatened to kill him. He
said also that he had sometimes been held in handcuffs for 24 hours
in different positions as the soldiers chose to put him, and he
has had the handcuffs painfully jerked by his guards. Mr St Paul
said the accusation is a serious one and he would bring it to the
attention of the authorities.
Mr Hudson Scipio, a barrister not connected with the case but who
was in Court, suggested to Mr St Paul that, because of the long
delay in starting the preliminary hearing (the Crown was not ready
to proceed), the murder charges should be dismissed and, if the
Peoples Revolutionary Government wished, the accused could be held
as detainees. Mr Tillman Thomas, a barrister appearing in the
case (and himself since detained) said, and Mr St Paul agreed, that
the lives of the accused would be in jeopardy if they were released.
"I can protect them only while there are charges pending against
them", the Magistrate said.
CUBAN ASTRONAUT IN GRENADA
The original idea behind the Russian space programme was that it
should be a cooperative effort of the socialist countries, but this
concept had now been expanded to include participation in the
programme by countries outside the socialist bloc.
This was disclosed in Grenada on March 12th by Cuba's Astronaut
Colonel Arnaldo Tomayo Mendez, 38, who was in Grenada to attend
the second anniversary celebrations of the March 13th revolution.
"In Moscow at the present time", he said, "there are French pilots
and crews being trained, and pilots are now being selected in
India for training in Russia".
Colonel Tomayo became the first man from the ThirdWorld to go into
space when, on September 18th 1980, he was a member of the crew of
a Russian space ship which spent 8 days orbiting the earth.
The Cuban astranaut said that, as compared with the technology used
when the first flight was made 20 years ago, today's technology is
very advanced, and he predicted great strides forward in this field
by the end of this century.
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.i NO VALUE FOR T- & T NOTES
The Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago has advised the East
Caribbean Currency Authority ( BCA) that it will no longer give
the Authority value for Trinidad & Tobago currency'notes.
This decision came into effect on April 7th last and ECCA has'
advised Commercial Banks in the East Caribbean region that it will
no longer buy Trinidad & Tobago notes from them.
The countries affected by this are Grenada St Vincent, St Lucia,
Dominica, Antigua, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis.
INCREASE IN VISITORS IN 1980
The Ministry of Tourism has disclosed that there was a 2.4%
increase in the number of visitors to Grenada in 1980 as compared
with 1979. According.to a release from theGovernment
Information Service, issued earlier this year, 4106 more visitors
came in 1980.than in 1979 and ,his was due mainly to a 5% increase
in the number of cruise liner visitors.
The release says 1980 showed a decrease of 8.8% in stayover
visitors as compare with 1979. In 1979, the island recorded
32,252 stayover visitors but, in 1980, that figure dropped to
"Though there was a decline in the traditional North American
market", the release said, "this has been made up for by an
increase in the amount of visitors from. Europe."'-
CRUISE LINER STATISTICS DOWN
A delegation from the Grenada Tourist Board visited the United
States early this year in an effort to promote cruise liner
visits to the island.
Led by Chairman of the Board, Dr John Watts, the delegation was
away from January 14th to 28th, during which time members visited
officials of shipping lines and discussed facilities available for
visitors to Grenada.
The 1980/81 Winter Cruise Season was a disappointing one for
Grenada and, to December 31st.last, the number of cruise liner
visitors was down by some 60% from the last Season.
Other members of the delegation were Miss Jane Belfon, Director
of Tourism and Mrs Gertrude Protain, former Executive Secretary
of the Board. +Wi U +
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NJM REPRESENTED IN NICARAGUA
Two representatives of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) the Party of
Prime:Minister Maurice Bishop, were in Nicaragua in January.
attending a meeting of international solidarity for the recon-
struction of Nicaragua.
Mr John "Chalkie" Ventour, a member of the NJM Central Committee and
General Secretary of the Grenada Trade Union Council, together with
Ms Shahiba Strong, Public Relations Officer of the National Women's
Organisation, left Grenada on January 25th for the meeting which ran
from January 26th to 31st..
The meeting, which was expected to be attended by representatives
of "Committees of solidarity with the people of Nicaragua" in
Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe and Australia, was
the first of its kind in Nicaragua and was organised by the
Department of International Relations of the National Secretariat
of the Sandanista Front for the Liberation of Nicaragua.
NOVIB IN GRENADA FOR DISCUSSIONS
Two representatives of the non-governmental Netherlands Organisation
for International Development Cooperation (NOVIB) held discussions
early this year in Grenada with Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and
other members of the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) on the
PRG's plans to develop rural areas.
According to the Government Information Service (GIS), NOVIB does
development work in Holland &'ad funds projects in Nicaragua, parts
of Africa and Asia, and also produces educational films.
"One such film is on the International Monetary Fund which shows
the destruction caused by that lending agency to countries like
Jamaica and Chile", GIS said.
The NOVIB representatives, Messrs Kees Kommer and Albery Kingma,
arrived on February 18th and left on February 21st.
PRG ISSUES WARNING TO FISHING VESSELS
All foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegal in Grenadian
waters are to be seized, their catches confiscated and their crews
prosecuted under Grenadian law.
This warning was issued in a statement made in February by the
Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) which says that foreign
fishing boats had been found fishing in the island's territorial
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waters and economic zone.
"Qespite several warnings on the marine radio band, Radio Free
Grenada, diplomatic protests and several trips by the Grenadian
Coast Guard units to.officially notify these ships to leave our
waters", the statement said, "illegal fishing has continued."
For some weeks before the statement was made, there had been
reports from the 'north of the island that, during the night, the
lights of several boats, which appear to be trawlers, were seen.
The boats appeared to be quite close to land but left the area
before dawn. It could not be ascertained whether these boats
were the ones referred to in the PRG statement.
DOMINICA BANANA INDUSTRY RECOVERING
Dominica was able to make small shipments of bananas three months
after the island was ravaged by hurricane "allen" last August, and
the island's banana industry was expected to be fully recovered by
July this year.
This was disclosed to NEWSLETTER in Dominica on Friday 27th
February by Dominica's Prime Minister Eugenia Charles, and Miss
Charles was full in her expression of appreciation of the aid-
given to Dominica by the United States, Britain and the
European Development Fund.
"As a result of this aid", she said, "we have been able to make
outright grants of EC$4.5 million to' our farmers and the results
have been very gratifying."
Miss Charles said the aid money is being "fully controlled" to
ensure that it goes as far as possible and the emphasis is on
agricultural rehabilitation. In addition to the cash grants
to farmers, her Government has given fertilizers, insecticides and
other imputs, and has guaranteed a loan to the Dominica Banana
Growers Association to be used for the distribution of these
Dominica's coconut farmers are also to benefit from a grant to
assist rehabilitation. Miss Charles said the Canadian Government
was to make available a "considerable sum" which will go to the
coconut farmers in the form of cash subsidies, plant material
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