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NEWSLETTER
FOUNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973
Por The eek Ending Ti4th January 1981L
11th Year of Publication - - 297th Issue
Volume +-~t- Number *0 I




BRITAIN GIVES POLICE AID

Baroness Young, Minister in the British Foreign and Comm6n-
wealth Office and Deputy to.Sir Geoffrey Rowe, the British
Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary at a press conference on
January 6th parried a question as to how she would describe
the British Government's present attitude towarsi Grenada
in the aftermath of the events of last.October when the Uni-
ted States undertook a military "rescue mission" here.

"I think what-ia: important now is not to look back but to
look forward", she said, "and we are looking forward to the
reconstruction of Grenada".,

The Minister, who arrived here.on January'.Sth on an official
visit, said her government has already made 750,000 ster-
ling available in aid to Grenada for the current financial
year .and, on January 9th, 30 Grenadian police constables
.and 20 Grenadian sergeants and corporals would leave for the
Barbados Police College.for training at the expense of the
U.K. Government.

She said also that her Government has already supplied a
Police Advisor to the island, two other Police Advisors
with criminal investigation expertise would arrive later
In January and she had had discussions with the Advisory
Council as to what else might be done.

"It depends on what the Interim Government wishes" she said,
"but we would be glad to have other police officers coming
to London to be trained at Hendon Police Collalt noi ed
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The Minister said there would be a World Bank sponsored meeting in
Washington in February when Britain would join with other donor coun-
tries to consider the needs of the Caribbean, and this would provide
*L opportunity for consideration of how Grenada's Police Training Prro
grammre might be carried forward.

'Prom what I have been told", she said, "training is absolutely Bssen-
tial for the Grenada Police Force,. What I ,am particularly pleased
about is that it has already started".



RAMPHAL VISITS

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Sir Shridath
Ramphal, arrived in Grenada on January 4th on a three day visit,

Guyana born Sir Shridath ( who is more familiarly known in the re-
gion as "Sonny Ramphal") came to Grenada at a time when there was
much speculation as to whether his organisation has changed its at-
titude and'now endorses the United States "rescue mission" in a tele-
phone interview on. January 5th. The Secretary General gave some in-
dication as to the spirit in which he was viiiting'Grenada.

"I come, really, as a follow up to the mood of reconstruction and re-
cuperation that the Commonwealth set at its meeting in New Delhi", he
said "There we decided that the emphasis should not be on recrimin-
htion but on forward looking help to Grenada, and -I am here to explore
with the Interim Administration all the ways in which we can render
that help consistent with the discussions anid-the conclusions in New
Delhi". '

Sir ShridNtJah, who arrived by chartered jet through the still-to-be-
completed international airport at Point Saline, said he would spend
most of that day in discussions-with the Advisory Council.



RAMPHAL'S FOUR ELEMENTS

"I have come to Grenada to see whether the Commonwealth can help a
member country that has been wounded and a region that has .been scar-
red".

In these words, Sir Shridath Ramphal: (known.more co..-nonly in the re-
gion as "Sonny Ramphal" )at a press conference on January 7th described
the purpose of his then current official visit to Grenada as Secretary
General of the British Commonwealth Secretariat.

Sir Ramphal said his visit was intended to continue the "healing pro-
cess" which Commonwealth leaders began at their meeting in New Delhi
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"The key element of the Commonwealth conclusion at New Delhi" he
said, "was that the- emphasis should be on reconstruction, not re-
crimination".

This does not mean that no differences existed or exist over the
matter of the United States intervention in Grenada last October,
he said, but it does mean that there is a conscious wish to leave
those judgements to history and to look ahead, healing the wounds
and tending the scars.

"And the Commonwealth has gone a bit further than that", the Secre-
tary General said, "it has signalled the kind of framework within
which it feels it might be able to help, if Grenada wishes it to
do so".

That framework has 4 elements, he said, the first being that the
Grenada Government Administration should function free from inter-
ference and pressure and free from the presence of foreign military
forces.

"The second dimension to that framework was the stated intention of
the Interim Administration, to which Commonwealth leaders took note
in New Delhi", Sir Ramphal said, "to hold, as early as possible,
elections that are seen by the international community to be wholly
free and fair".

The third dimension is the readiness indicated at New Delhi of Car-
ibbean Community (CARICOM) countries to assist in the maintenance
of law and order in Grenada.

"The fourth dimension", he said, "is a regional rather than a nat-
ional one, and it is the importance to the Commonwealth of the early
return of Caribbean countries of the region to the traditions of
fraternity and cooperation that have, for a long time, won the ad-
miratioi of the Commonwealth".

Sir Shridath said it is against this background that he had had dis-
cussions with the Advisory Council and with other CARICOM govern
-ments, and he is very encouraged by the results.

"I do not wish to imply that our discussions have been definite",
he said, 'hnd that conclusions and agreements have been reached.
That is not the case. Much remains to be done but I think that we
have made what everyone involved in them will regard as a promising
start".

The Secretary General, who arrived here on January 4th concluded
his visit on January 7th.


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RAMPHAL: WE'RE NOT PRESSING,
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Sir Shridath
Ramphal, told a Press Conference here on January 7th that he came to
Grenada to "look ahead" and not to "test whether we were right or
wrong, over-reacted or under-reacted" concerning the events in Grena-
da last October.

"And I have been impressed in looking ahead",-he said, "with the fact
that the people of Grenada who have, God knows, lived through a very
long night, want to believe that the dawn will be real, want to feel
secure and want to ensure that, whatever the security arrangements,
and whatever source they come from, they are adequate".

Sir Shridath said the essence of normality is an efficient Police
Force and he had found in Grenada a great uneasiness that the Grena-
da Police Force, which had been "decimated in the past", needs to be
put together.

"In those respects I found a need, a feeling, which I think all of us
have to be responsive to, for security", he said, "whether that secur-
ity has to take the form of military troops is another matter. That's
a matter that only Grenada can decide".

Sir Shridath said no pressure is being exerted on Grenada but members
of the Commonwwalth are entitled to state the conditions under which
they are willing to assist this island, and thoso conditions include
the absence of foreign military forces, CARICOM and U.S., when elec-
tions are held,

"There can be only a few countries involved in sending people to Gre
-nada", he said, "but the whole Commonwealth is going to be involved
in paying for this and, therefore, in making a political commitment
to Grenada's future, they are entitled to say, this is the kind of
framework in which we think we can justify that kind of help. It is
for -Grenada to say whether it wants to take up that offer on those
terms".

Sir Shridath said there could be situations where a military presence
is welcome and other situations where that presence is unwelcome, but
it sometimes gets difficult to be able to judge whether it is welcome
or not.

The Secretary General said there has been no attempt to apply pressure
to Grenada. In the Commonwealth, he said, there is a feeling of ob-
ligation to help and Governments have indicated the framework within
which they will offer aid. If Grenada is willing to abide by that
framework, the aid is available, he said, or, if it felt there is need
to discuss the adequacy of the amwangements suggested, then this can be
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REGRETS ABOUT RUSHFORD

Sir Shridath Ramphal, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secre-
tariat, on an official visit to Grenada in January said at a Press
Conference on January 7th that he regrets "both the going and the
manner of his going" of Mr. Anthony Rushford, British born Legal
Advisor to Sir Paul Scoon.

Sir Shridath said the Governor General had asked the Secretariat
to provide a lawyer familiar with the "Grenada constitutional
scene ". Mr. Rushford had drafted the Grenada Constitution, the
Secretary General said, Sir Paul Scoon knew Mr. Rushford personally
and, both Sir Paul and Sir Shridath felt Mr. Rushford would be
"compatible"

Some weeks ago, however, for reasons which have not been made pub-
lic, Mr. Rushform resigned from his post and left Grenada hurried-
ly under obvious indications of tension between himself and Sir
Paul.

"As I have indicated to the Interim Administration"', Sir Shridath
said, I have regretted as much as anyone else both his going and
the manner of his going and I have conveyed that in all the appro-
priate places".

The Secretary General, when asked whether Mr. Rushford had report-
ed to him the reason for his resignation, said there has not been
"a great deal of communication" and, as far as he knows, Mr. Rush!-
-ford had not yet returned to London.

"He is no longer on that assignment", he said, "and where he may
be is not our business".

Sir Shridath said he has not been asked to supply Grenada with a
replacement for Mr. Rushford.



DEREK KNIGHT RETURNS

Derek Knight, Minister with portfolio in the Government of deposed
Prime Minister Eric Gairy, returned to Grenada on January 8th.

Mr. Knight fled the island on 13th March 1979 when Maurice Bishop's
Hew Jewel Movement staged an armed takeover of the island one day
after Sir Eric had flown out to New York.

Mr. Knight's visit to the island coincides with Mr. Gairy's state-
ment this week that he (Gairy;) will return to Grenada in February.
Mr. Gairy said his party, the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP),
will contest all 15 seats in the coming general elections, but he
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wa.i not De one of the candidates for election.

Questioned as to his plans, Mr. Knight, a barrister, said
his visit to Grenada is to see his parents. He is keeping a "low pro-
file", he said, and does not wish to become "involved with the press".

"I am practicing law in Dominica now", he said, "and when the Assizes
are over, I'll probably come to Grenada".

The ex-Minister said this is his first visit to the island in 5 years.
lie is resident in New York, he said, and commutes between that city
and the Caribbean.

Mr. Knight a member of Sir Eric's GULP, was an appointed senator in
Grenada's Government. His responsibilities included matters rela-
tive to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM ).

Following the N.J.M. take over in 1979, certain properties and assets
owncd by Mr, Knight were confiscated by Maurice Bishop's Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government (PRG).

Peoples Law 96/1979, passed on 21st December 1979, sets out the rea-
sons for the confiscation.

That law says Mr. Knight was a Minister in Sir Eric's Government from'
26th August 1967 to 12th Marah 1979 and "during that period the said
John Derek Knight practiced in Grenada as a barrister-at-law which
was contrary to public policy and to the best interests of the state
of Grenada".

Uhe properties and assets confiscated.are a quarter of an acre of land
on the sister island of Carriacou, 38,487 ordinary shares in Grenada
Breweries Ltd., 12,500 shares in Jonas Browne and Hubbard Ltd. and all
the shares in Camerhogne Investments Ltd. owned by Mr. Knight and his
wife Phyllis.

Certain properties and assets of Sir Eric were also confiscated at the
same time. Peoples Law 95/1979, gazetted on 21st December 1979, says
that, during his various terms of office as head of state since 1961,
Sir Eric "acquired considerable property, real and personal, in Gre-
nada". It says also that he "acquired shares in certain companies
and, with intent to deceive, caused the shares to be registered in
the name of others".

According to that law, the PRG made extensive investigations and "is
satisfied that all the properties acquired by the said Sir Eric Mat-
thew Gairy during his tenure of office as Chief Minister, Pretier and
Prime Minister were acquired by means of corruption and the blatant
abuse and misuse of powers of his office".


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Sir Eric's properties confiscated are two hotels and a night .club,
5 acres of land at Point Saline near to the site of the interna-
tional airport project, a building on the Carenage, St. George's,
near to the Government buildings, an acre and two roods of land at
Calivigny, two lots of land at Belmont, a suburb of St. George's
measuring respectively, 4,662 square feet and 6,187 square feet
and 35 acres, 13 poles of land at Woodlands Estate near St.George's

The law also confiscated shares in CABRITS Development Ltd., "in
the name of Peter Otley, nominee of Eric Matthew Gairy". Mr. Ot-
ley, a close friend of Sir Eric's, is involved in the Trade Union
movement in the United States.

By an order gazetted January lth 1980, the PRG also confiscated
shares held by Mr. Otley in Spice Island Inn Ltd. Details of
these shares were not included in the order.

In April 1982, however, some of the Spice Island Inn shares were
returned to Mr. Otley. In 'Peoples Law 17/1982, the PRG said,
"after discussions with Peter Otley, the Government has decided to
re-vest certain of those confiscated shares in his name".

According to that law, the PRG retained 1,360 shares in Spice Is-
land Inn and "the remaining shares held by Peter Otley shall as
from the date of this law vest in Peter Otley".



"BUTLER HOUSE" FOR HOTEL

A group of United States investors, on January 12th concluded
discussions with the Government of Grenada for the lease of "Butler
House"" ( the office of slain Prime Minister Maurice Bishop) for
erection of a modern hotel complex.

Robert A. Dressier, Mayor of the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
who, in his private capacity as a lawyer is involved in the propo-
sal, said on January 12th in an interview in St. George's, that
negotiations had not yet been finalised but he saw no problems in
having the matter concluded within the next 2 weeks.

"If all goes well", he said, the project can be completed within
18 months and we can be ready for the 1935 winner season".

Mr. Dressler named Dan Adache and Charles McKirahan as the two
architects associated with the project and said their proposal is
that the present ruins of "Butler House" (burned out during the
United States and Caribbean Peace Keeping Force intervention)
be demolished and a new structure be three stories high and "flow
down the hill so it will not be disruptive of the visual environ-
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"The total investment being talked about is US$12.5 million Mr.
Dressier said, "and the project will involve 250 units of which
50 will be condominiums and 200 will be regular hotel units".

The Mayor said the project will employ local contractors and loca:
skilled and unskilled labour. His role, he said, will involve
some of the legal work from the U.S. end and the putting together
of the investment groups

Mr. Dressler said his group had had discussions with Mr. Laurie
Wilson, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, with re-
ference to the lease and "Government incentives to get the money
down here". The group had had discussions also with Mr. Nicholas
Brathwaite, Chairman of the Advisory Council, Mr. Dresser said.

"Nothing is closed yet", he said, "but it's moving along well and
the thing we can offer, as soon as the details ctn be worked out
with the Government, things can move very quickly and, within a
few weeks, the demolition people can be put to work destroying thq
old Butler House structure".

"Butler House" was originally the Santa Maria Hotel which closed sev-
eral years ago. Scenes for the movie "Island in the Sun" were film
-ed at the Santa Maria.



"COMBAT DAMAGE" CLAIMS

Governor General Sir Paul Scoon has been asked to raise with the
United States mission here the question of compensation for per-
sons who suffered property damage as a result of the U.S. "Rescue
Mission" here last October.

This was disclosed on January aid in an interview here with Mr. Alan
LaGrenade Chairman of the Disaster, Emergency Relief and Welfare
(DERW) sub-committee of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC).
Mr. LaGrenade said his committee decided to approach Sir Paul and
ask him to deal with this matter through the American Mission in
Grenada because the U.S. "claims office" here is already closed.

"We thought an approach should be made through the Mission to find
out what the Americans are really doing, what their policy is", he
said, "because, if the Americans are not going to accept responsi-
bility, then some other means should be found to assist the people
whose property was damaged".

Mr. LaGrenade said his committee does not have an estimate of the
total value of damage done at the time of the American Intervention,
but several persons have had their houses badly damaged or destroyed.
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One U.S. official, addressing the Grenada Chamber of Commerce, had
indicated that the United States would pay for this damage, h.e
said, but, subsequently, another U.S. official., addressing the
Rotary Club of Grenada, had said no claims would be entertained
for "combat damage".

The DERW Chairman said the matter needed to be cleared up because
it had actually been reported that claims under $5,000 would be
settled in Grenada by the Mission here, claims between $5,000 and
$25,000 would be handled by the Embassy in Barbados and claims
over 25,000 would be sent to Washington.

Mr. LaGrenade said the matter had been taken up with Sir Paul
some 3 weeks ago and he has since been advised by Sir Paul that
it has been passed on to the Advisory Council for attention.

"If nothing comes of this soon", the DERW Chairman said, "we
should get our head office in Barbados to contact Church organiza-
tions in the States on behalf of the people who lost their homes
because, I am quite sure, if the American public knew that lots of
people had their homes very badly damaged or destroyed by the
troops, and the American policy is not to help with what they say
is "combat damage", the American public will subscribe to thLs
cause".

Mr. LaGrenade said he has had no word from the Advisory Council,
but his committee will wait to see the outcome of their approach
before taking further action.



SKILLS-TRAINING FOR SOLDIERS

The Disaster, Emergency Relief and Welfare (DERW) Grenada sub-
committee of the Barbados based Caribbean Conference of Churches
(CCC) has expressed a major concern over the welfare of disbanded
soldiers of the Peoples Revolutionary Army.

DERW chairman Alan LaGrenade, in an'interview on January 2nd said
the Roman Catholic Church in Grenada has set up a skills-training
scheme for these soldiers, similar to the scheme which has been
in operation by the Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad & Tobago
for some time, but, possibly, plans for the Grenada scheme have
suffered a major set back.

"Unfortunately", Mr. LaGrenada said, "Father Gerry Pantin,
who is the driving force behind the Trinidad scheme and who was
expected to come to Grenada to help us, has recently suffered a
massive heart attack."
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Mr. La Grenade said as far as he knew, there is no other initiative
wh4ch has been taken to assist the disbanded soldiers, and it. is too
early to say now whether Father Pantin or someone else from Trinidad
will be able to help.

Speaking of other activities of his committee, Mr. LaGrenade said
DERW had been involved in the distribution of blankets, cots and
-ome food in the period immediately following the American "Rescue
Mission". This emergency relief, he said, had been collected by
CCC in Barbados from churches in the U.S.

"CCC also sent us some $40,000 which had been collected from various
organizations abroad", Mr. LaGrenade said, "and we gave half of this
to the detainees who had been held in jail by the Peoples Revolution-
ary Government, many of these detainees being in great need 'of as-
sistance".



SWU/NMB DISPUTE
The Grenada Seamen and Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) won.out in its
.-ispute with the Government run National Marketing and Imp.orting
',card (NMIB) over who should supply the labour for the discharge of a
shipment of refined sugar consigned to NMIB on the S.S."Hispaniola".

'The dispute started on January 11th when both sides claimed the right
to supply labour for the operation. Meetings with Mr. Arthur Ramsey
SWAJ president and Mr. Alwyn Fergusson, NMIB manager, failed to re-
lvye the dispute and SWWU organised a picket of the ship.

Spokesman for SWWU said on January 12th that, late on the 11th the
'.abour Commissioner Mr. Franklyn Philbert, visited the docks and ad-
dressed the workers at the ship's side.

'"e asked us to give the NMIB workers a chance to unload this ship",
,he spokesman said, "and it would be arranged that, from now on,
IJWU would discharge all c-isignments brought in for NMIB".

The spokesman said the workers firmly rejected this proposal and said
that, while they did not intend to use violence, they intended to oc-
cupy the ship's gangway and no body was going.to push them off.

December 1980, a similar confrontation occurred when the Danish
ezip "Mercandian Moon" arrived from Antwerp with some 202 tons of
skimmed milk for the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG).

-.h firm of Geo.F. Huggins & Co. Ltd, a member 6f Grenada Shipping
1'cnts (GSA) was the agent for this ship and SWWU is the recognized
gainingig agent for all ships handled by GSA.

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Discussions with GSA, Huggins, SWW and Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop and his cabinet failed to produce a solution and the matter
was resolved when the PRG moved armed elements of the Peoples Rev-
olutionary Army on to the docks and supplied Government labour to
discharge the ship.

On January 12th, the SWWU spokesman referred to this incident and
said, Two rights make a right".

"The Government of 1980 thought they had a right when they used to
enforce their point of view" he said, "but we are using our moral
and legal right to show now who is really right".

The SWWU spokesman said that, late on the 11th, the Union was ad-
vised that NMIB was no longer pressing its claim to supply labour,
and discharge of the ship began on the morning of January 12th
with SWWU labour.

The ship's captain, Arnold Ablaza, told NEWSLETTER that, originally
he was scheduled to discharge 1,000 tons of the refined sugar at
Grenada but he understood that storage space was a problem for
NMIB and the figure had been reduced to 500O

"Some negotiations are taking place today", he said, "and it may
be that Grenada will take another 300 tons, but that is not yet
definite".

The Captain said he had 585 tons of brown sugar for the Government
of St. Vincent and 500 tons of refined sugar for the Government of
Dominica. It is possible, he said, that any sugar Grenada does
not take would be delivered to Dominica.



BRITISH LABOUR ADVISOR VISITS

Mr. Adri-an Smith, International Labour Advisor to the British and
Foreign Commonwealt.h Office then on an official visit to Grenada,
said in an interview in St. George's on January 12th that he is
in Grenada at the request of the resident British representative
here, Mr. John Kelly, "to see if we can offer our assistance to
what remains of the Grenada Trade Union movement".

Mr. Smith said he was looking also into what assistance can be
given to "what remains of the Grenada Government's Labour Commis-
sioner's Office".

"I have come to see what assistance they might ask of us" he said,
"not only of the British Government .but also of the institutions
ithh which I regalarl liase such as the BrLtisI Tr-..e Union CJ
cil, the Commonwealth Trade Union Council, the International
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Labour Organisation and the International Federation of Free Trade
Uni.oas" .

Mr. Smith said that pyre 1979-in the Grenada context", there were
"tremendous links" between the labour movements in the Caribbean
and the labour movements in the United Kingdom, and a return to
this is desirable.

',We should like to stress, however", he said, "that we don't wish
to enforce our ways on anyone. We would hope that the Grenadiarls
through the Advisory Council, will come forward to us and say,
"this is what we are seeking assistance-on".

Mr. Smith said that, in the short term, courses of training in var-
ious fields can be offered to the Trade Union movement and the Lab-
our Department.

In the longer term", he said, "we would hope to return to the sit-
uation whereby Trade Unionists and Labour Officers from Grenada
visited the United Kingdom and Europe for longer term courses which
we already operate for other overseas countries.

Jer the last few years, Mr. Smith said, Grenada has not been able
to offer candidates for these courses and it is hoped that, in the
future, Grenada will be able to say "Yes, we would like to send
.-omneone to these scholarship courses".

.r. Smith said he found the state of Trade Unionism in Grenada now
'rather shattered" with only 3 of the many unions of the past still
lanctioning. These three he named as the Seamen and Waterfront
workers the Grenada Union of Teachers and the Public Workers Union.

'One has to concentrate on those that exist and try to build up
tfom there", he said, "there is now no Trade Union Council as such
*nd no umbrella Trade Union Organisation".



MORE U.S. AID FOR GRENADA

The Governments of Grenada and the TT ited States have signed an
Agreement providing economic assistance to Grenada in the amount of
TU$5 million.

.Jis grant, (part of a US$15 million programme .aprnpriated by the
United States Congress) is the first major U.S. economic assistance-
-rant to the island, and, according to the United States Information
Service (USIS) it will be used to assist the Interim Government in
trainingg economic stabilization and revitalising the economy.


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These funds will be made available during the first quarter of 1984
and half of thegrant will be used immediately to -retire a portion
of the debt owed by the Grenada Government to the commercial banks
on the island

The other half of the grant will be used to carry out Government
services and to implement economic development projects.

This grant is in addition to a previous United States grant of
US$2.5 million which is being used for road repair, water and san-
itation projelcs, electrical and water repair, and health an'
education programmes.

Signing the Agreement on behalf of Grenada was Mr. Nicholas Brath-
waite, Chairman of the Interim Government while, for the U.S., the
signing was done by Ambassador CIA. Gillespie, U.S. Deputy Assist-
ant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and Head of the
U.S. Mission in Grenada. Also signing was Mr. Ted Morse, Deputy
Director of the Caribbean Regional Office of the U.S. Agency for
International Development.

According to USIS, this grant follows by a week President Reagan's
designation.of Grenada as a beneficiary under the Caribbean Basin
Initiative (CBI). This designation has effect for Grenada from
Idt Jahdary 19i84



MEDICAL SCHOOL REOPENS

The St. CGeorge's University School of Medicine resumed classes on
January 10th at its main campus in Grenada and at its newly estab-
lished campus in Barbados.

According to a news release from the School, approximately 662 stud-
ents are registered for the new semester. Of these, 247 will be
in Grenada, 240 in Barbados and 175 will be at Long Island Univer-
sity in the United 2tates.

Some of these options are temporary, the release says, but Chancell-
or Charles Modica has provided them for students who had been evao-
uated by the United States Forces last October.



APPEAL COURT JUDGE RESIGNS

Barbadian born Mr. Justice Frederick G. Smith has resigned as a
Judge of Grenada's itenerant Court of Appeal.

T'iis has beei annou-'.d.Cd iii the Gover ..nt Gazette of Januar- 13th
under a notio# of the snme date.
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Week Ending 14/1/8a


THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER





^eg lk THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER wiek Ending 14/1/84


Grenada's Court of Appeal was established by the Peoples Revolution-
ary Government (PRG) by Peoples Law No. 4 of March 25th 1979,
Prior to this, and following the revolution of 13th March 1979, the
PRG repealed the Westindies Associated States Court (Genada) Act
17/1971 tender which Grenada shared an Appeal Court with other islands
of the Eastern Caribbean.

Originally appointed to the Grenada Court on May 16th 1979 were Guy-
anese Mr. Justice Telford Georges, Guyanese Mr. Justice Oscar Pitz-
c3arence H'aynes and Dominican Mr. Justice Joseph Orville Liverpool.
Mr. Justice Telford Georges was appointed President of the Court.

Jnder date of 5th February 1982, Governor General Sir Paul Seoon
announced in the Grenada Government Gazette that Mr. Justice Geor-
ges had accepted'an appointment as Chief Justice of Zimbabwe and,
as a result, -his appointment to the Court of Appeal was revoked.

In its issue of March 6th 1982, NEWSLETTER carried the news of Mr.
Justice Georges appointment in Zimbabwe. However, the Judge com-
plained of the "inaccuracy" of this news story and denied he had
accepted the appointment as Chief Justice of Zimbabwe. NEWSLETTER
-.,derstands that, subsequently, Mr. Justice Georges did accept thil
appointment.

Meanwhile, under date of July 14th 1981, Mr. Justice Frederick Smith
was appointed to the Grenada Appeal Court and following revocation
of appointment of Mr. Justice Georges, Mr-. Justice Haynes was made
President of the Court.



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S ster Hughes Cynthia Hughes
14th January 1984











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