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NE WSLETT.ER
FOUNDED 17TH. AUGUST .- 973
For The Week Ending i g y 1984
11th Year of Publication - - 29th Issue
Volume 12 Number 3




"NATIONAL" EXPLAINED
Deputy-"Registrar of the supreme Court, MSe Clia Clyne, express-
-ed regret on February 22nd relative to recent retigual. preess /
reporting of a decision handed down by Mr. Justice James Patter
-son in the matter of barring of British Barrister Lord Anthony
Gifford,' QC., from practicing in the Grenada High 'Court.

Those reports said Mr. Patterson had r.led that 'non-natiionalsn
could not practice in the Grenada courts.

'"t r*- l~r-tISng l a: evpe lalised businese", Ma. Clyne said,
*arnd. it is ,a V;.,Ft ;at xpl&an0nt"os arwi nryc setught b'8tire mis-.
leading reports are made"., ,. .

The Deputy Registrar said, in this context, the term "nati'oual"
does not mean Grenadian but has a special mIaning 'dfttned : n.
Section 2 of Article 3 of .th.* ConWil .otf 01 ftG1 i*Zl tet ,4 t ta l


"A 'national' according to this definition is a perwz n who La
a citizen of a territory participating in the Council of Legal
Education, or a person who ia regarded 4 belonging. to any par-
ticipa'ciIg territory under any law in force in that territory".

Ms Clyne said that these participating countries are those of
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who have signed the Council
of Legal Education Agreement, and any barrister of those coun-
triess may be called to the bar in Grenada, She said also. that
barristers who are not citizens of those participating countries
but who-w ee called to the bar in Grenada before the passage
of the Cp0uni. of Legal Educatien Aet of 1972 may aLso partijc
in Grenada.



Pr*Cld:i 4 *lntM 4 by iAUt*tr 4 t W
PD Bo0 65, stQeor9gs, Gre'lkEs, WethUites
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gage 2 THE GRENADA NEiSLETTER Week Ending 25/2/84


DET INE3ES' CHARGED

Mrs., Phyllis Coard, wife of Mr. "Barnard Coard, Deputy Prime Minister in
tba.S poee jd ^Mfg*h id f1foe grqovnmm en t (4 b oe Fibruary"'12 tK re-
ceiyed itaj=4es from a stone thFaW from a booi'g crod outside the Hi
Curt build igs iD St. George's. ,,,.

The incident occurred as .13 members of the PRO and New Jewel Movement were
being returned to Richmond Hill Prison after being charged in the High Court
with murder and conspiracy to murder.

"There was a heavy press of people around the bus transporting the accused",
a seargant of the Grenada Police said, "but it was impossible to ay where
the stone came from. It broke the window of bus, a policewoman was
cut over the. eye and Phyllis Coard was aSsodwhurt".

The Sergeant could hot say how badly the policewoman had been cut or the
extent of Mrs. Coard's injuries.

Prior to this incident, 7 persons had been charged with murder before chief
Magistrate Lyle St. paul. They are Messrs. Fabian Gabriel, Andy Mitchell,
Caletus "Abdulla" Bernard, Vincent Joseph, Cosmos Richardson, Lester "Goat"
kedhead and Christopher Stroude.

The charge arises out of.an incident at Fort George on October 19th last
and it is alleged by the prosecution that these persons (all of them mem-
bers of the disbanded Peoples Revolutionary Army), killed former PRO Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop, Minister of Foreign .Affairs gUison Whiteman, Min-'
ister of Education Jacqueline Creft, Minister of Housing Norris Bain, Eve-
lyn Maitland and Keith Haylngs

Eleven other er~i one were&h"'arged with conspiring together with others to
commit an act of terrorism which caused the death of prime Minister Maurice
Bishop, Minister of Education Jacqueline Creft and Minister of Housing Nor-
ris Bain.

Those under this charge are Mr. Bernard Coard, Mrs. Phyllis Coard, Messrs.
Hudson Austin, Leon CornWall, Lium James, Ewart Layne, Dave Bartholomew,
John Ventour, Colville McBarnette, Ian St. Bernard and Selwyn Strachan.

Mrs. Phyllis Coard was head of the Women's Desk in the PRG and head of the
National Woments Organisation: Mr. Hudlson Austin was General of the peo-
ples Revolutionary Army: Mr. John Ventour was President of the Commer-
cial and Industrial Workera Union and Secretary of the rrade Union Council:
Mr. Ian St. Bernard was Head of the police Force: Mr. Selwyn Itrachan was.
iMinister of Mobilisitiont Mr. Colville McBarnette was secretary (Junior
Minister) for Information and the others were members of the PRJ,

Jamaican Barrister. iapJ .Uline Samuels-Brown appeared for all the accused
and tr. Ansle 0lou6f, 4PowQ Council, represent 4 S Cown.
-jf f. -continued-





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Ms. Brown told the Court some of her clients complained to her of viola-
tion of their human rights and what she had seen herself on February 21st
has. given her cause for concern,

"I had the misfortune to see Mrs. phyllis Coard being manhandled in a very
rough way;by the Security Forces", she said, "and if they can do that in
my presence, I wonder what can happen in my absence".

Ms. Brown asked the Court to use its "good offices" to ensure that her
clients are not deprived of their human rights.

Magistrate St. Paul said no ruling was required on the matter but he asked
all concerned to note what Ms. Brownr had said. He asked also that it be
noted, that, with the laying of the charges, the accused are no longer
"detainees" but "persons under remand".

"I am concerned only with the law", Mr. St. Paul said, "and I don't want
to hear any calypsonian siningng aout.the Qoporessors becoming the oppressed.
Everyone has their constitutional ights".

Mr. Clouden told the Court the Crown is not ready to proceed and the case
has been adjourned to Wednesday 4th April.

The, Court was under heavy security with armed members of the Caribbean
Peace Keeping Force carrying automatic weapons and manning strategic posi-
tions in the Courtyard. There were some 25 uniformed 'policemen in the
.Gourft carrying side>-arms .and, drawn from Grenadat Dominica, St. Vincent,St.
Lucia, Barbado~, nd:St&.. Citts.

Querried after the proceedings, Defence Council Brown said she is'pleased
that the process of law has started but she is sceptical of the reasons
why it has started.

"It is clear", she said, "that this is in response to our efforts to secure
our clients rights and protection of law to which they are entitled, which
efforts have. been .bookd",. .

All the accused, with the exception of Mrs. Phyllis Coard, appeared in
Court handcuffed.





SCHULT -IN GRENADA

United States Secretary of State George Schultz confirmed at a press Con-
ference on February 7th that there are no United States combat troops in
Grenada. He said U.S. personnel "on the ground" in the island are down
to approximately 280 and there are about 100 members of the Coast Guard.

"Their primary mission is to help maintain security conditions on the is-
landI Mr. Schultz said, Our desire.is not to stay here in that posture
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and the sooner we can be replaced by people from other islands nearby or
from other countries or, as time goes by, by drenadians trained in police
work, the .better".

The Secretary of state said the-first role of Government is to maintain law
and order and the sooner it can be taken over by Grenadians, the better~
The Grenada Government has not asked him to give a commitment that U.S. for-
ces will remain in Grenada until after the elections scheduled for lafor'this
year but there is a common agreement that security is important.

"In one way or another"., he said( "it will be maintained".

Mr. Schultz said Grenada's security problem is the same as that of Washing-
ton# New york or anywhere else. An orderly society has to have means of-"
maintaining law and order.

"I don't know bf any concern that there are people in the hill that are go-
ing to attack the island or any notion of an invasion", he said, "although,
to the extent that anybody might worry about that, I suppose that's one of
the functions of our Coast Guard activity".

Concerning security for the Caribbean generally, he said, the U.S. Adminis-
'tration plans to discuss, as neighbours, this issue with the people who live
in the Caribbean.

Itl believe security obviously .has a military dimension to it", he"said, "but
deep down security has to do with the politiic-l' condhiio'ri under which people
have to live, whether they are free, whether they're able to express them-
selves and live a life that :they want to and whether they are able b:r not to
realise on the opportunities and abilities ,they haven.

Mr. Schultz said political and economic conditions are as essential an ele-
ment in security as the military side of it.

The secretary of State was in Grenada on FLebruary 7th for the island's 10th
Anniversary celebrations of Independence.





POINT SALINES WILL BE COMPLETED

United States Secretary of state Mr. George Schultz said at a Press Confer-
ence on February 7th, here, that "one way or another" the Point Saline In-
ternational Airport project will be completed.

The Secretary of State said a study team had been to Grenada, had evaluated
the cost of what was needed to complete the project and the report on this
is now being considered by the White House.

"From my own standpoint", he said, "having landed there and looked around,
it certainly is a facility that is needed here and, one way or another,Ilm
sure it will be completed". -continued-





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Asked whether his attitude to the project did not contradict president
Reagan's condemnation of the building of the airport by the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government of Maurice Bishop, Mr. Schultz said the question is
not the building of the airport but what it is to be used for.

"The president's statement in his speech was that this airport was heing
built by the Soviet Union's proxies, namely the Cubans, and it was being
built.for purposes of a military base and a military operation".

Mr. Schultz s.id the tremendous amount of armaments captured by U.S. force
during the rescue mission in October last makes it clear the airport was
not designed to protect Grenada but was for aggressive purposes and this
vindicates what president Reagan said.

The Secretary of State was in Grenada for the island's 10th Anniversary .
celebrations and, during his hours long stay, unfurled the United States
flag at the United States embassy, officially inaugurating that embassy.

A Charge d'Affairs is to be appointed with direct responsibility to Wash-
ington.


CJ


PARTIES HAVING TALKS

The Grcn;da Democratic Movement (GDM) one of the new political' parties
which willibe contesting the elections scheduled to take place here before
the end of this year, is having talks with a series of other political par-
ties and politicians with a view to achieving "national reconciliation".

This was disclosed on February 10th by Mr. Francis Alexis, GDM chairman,
at a press Conference called to release a document of the "statement of
principles" of the GDM.

Grenada needs iWati6nal reconciliation among the people, he said, and Gre-
nadians must put behind them the unfortunate aspects of their recent past
and come together irrespective of political outlook, class, colour or creed.

UThe people cannot reconcile themselves one to the other", Mr. Fraicis
said, "if the political parties themselves do not set a good example".

The GDM chairman said discussions have been held with the Grenada National
Party headed by Mr. Herbert Blaize and with the National Democratic Pnrty
whose prominent personalities are Mr. Robert Grant and Mr. George Brizan.
These discussions have not been concluded but GDM is hopeful that, by the
end of February, it will be possible to announce a merger of these parties.

"When last we held discussions with these parties", Mr. Alexis said, "the
impression they left with us is that they too believe the only way forward
is through national unity".


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THZ GRENADA NEWSLETTER


.Week Ending 25//84


Mr. Alexis said another person .in the political arena is Mr. Frankly
philbeit who used to be Labour Commissioner under the New Jewel Movement'is
peoples Revolutionary Government4 and GDM intends to have discussions with
him.

With reference to.another prominent politicians Mr. Winston Whyte, the GDM
chairman said Mri Whyte "speaks to the GDM"a

."As I. know it officially", he said, #1he has some kind of relationship with
GDM1 He has said publicly that he supports the GDM and I have not heard
him retract that statement".*

The statement -of principles published by GDM on'February 10th -includes a
declaration-of assets and liabilities by members of Parliament at the beg-
inning of their -term of office and at the end of each year of office;




PHONE CO.SIGNS CONTRACT

The Government owned Grenada Telephone Company and the Trinidad & Tobago
Telephone Company on February 10th signed a contract under which the Tri-
nidad & Tobago company will supply, among other pieces of equipment, a 400
line trailer-mounted exchange

A spokesman for the Grenada company said today this exchange will be iAstal-
led in the vicinity of the St. George's exchange and will provide that ex-
change with a 25% expansion in capacity.

The contract also provides for the supply, installation And commissloning
of a VHF radio system which will give the facility of direct dialling by
the telephone operator in the sister island of -arriacou to any subscriber
ih Grenada and by Grenada subscribers to the Carriacou operator.

iUnder the terms of a contract entered into in 1982 between the Peoples Re-
volutionary Government (PRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) a
US$6 million line of credit was extended to the PRG to enable the expansion
and upgrading of the Grenada Telephone service.

Mostof the required equipment has .already been received in Grenada from
the GDR but the contract is still not completely fulfilled.

The Trinidad & Tobago company is to review the GDR contract and advise the
Grenada company of the possible options in the context of Grenada's present
and future needs.





IDEOLOGY NOT NEEDED FOR "JUST SOCIETY"

Delivering the sermon at an Ecumenical service held here on February 7th
in St. George's Anglican Church, to commemorate Grenada's 10th anniversary
-continued-





THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


of independence, the Roman Catholic Vicar-General of Grenadat Cyril Lamon-
tagne said that, if nothing else, Grenadians have learned one lesson from
their first decade of independence.

'We do not need an ideology, whether nee-capitalist or Marxist" he said
"to create a new and just society".

The service was attended by Governor General Sir Paul Scoon ( who read the
first lesson), Lady Scoon, Mr. Nicholas Brathwaite, head of the Interim
Government, other members of the Interim Government, the British High Com-
missioner Mr. Giles Bullard, Mr. Tony Gilleapie, American Ambassador in,
Grenada, Mr. NorbertooAmbros, Organisation of American States Director in
Grenada, members of the Caribbean peace Keeping torce and officers and
ratings from H.M.S. "Plymouth" now visiting Grenadai

Father Lamontagne said what is needed for a new and just.society is that
the gospel of Christ be taken seriously and personal lives and the society
generally be remodelled by the standards of that gospel.

Referring to a line on the Grenada National Anthem, "being proud of our
heritage", the Vicar General said the most priceless item of the legacy
left Grenadians by their ancestors is their Christian faith, but he accused
some of not having sufficient pride in that faith*

"Are not some of us guilty of having watered down our Christianity to meet
the exigencies of materialism, false freedom, self-interest and self-indul-
gence which now stalk our nation?" he asked.

Father Lamontagne said he did not need to emphasise that Grenadians have
inherited a beautiful country but he did need to emphasise that it was giv-
en to Grenadians by God to develop, enhance and pass on to coming genera-
tions.

"But we betray this trust when we dump garbage into our rivers and streams
or when we litter our streets and beautiful beaches", he said. "We be-
tray that trust when we deface our walls or allow them to be defaced with
ugly and, sometimes, obscene slogans and drawings and do nothing about it".

The Vicar-Gemeral said when the words of the National Anthem are taken to
heart and when Grenadians acknowledge their responsibility to take care of
the environment, they display civic pride and patriotism.

Patriotism must also include buying local products, he said, and making
sure that the weaker sectors of the society are not made to bear more than
their fair share of the country's economic burden.

"A society is judged by its concern for its weaker members", he said,"so
we must try to enhance the quality of life of all of our people without ex
-ception, with special attention being given to the old, the handicapped,
the unemployed.
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Page\fj





pae 8 THE GRENADA ?IESLETTBR Leek Endig 2g/2/84


When & couhitrr'ls economy iis vibsryan4 thcr :LatigHe sidt the stage is
set for rational welibeing and stability, 6ibt before.this becoiaes a heal
uityi there must be peace and reconciliation.

"peace and reconciliation are sorely needed in Grenada today if we are to
advance as, in the words of the national anthem, "one people, one family",,
he said, "and I suggest it should be taken in the home, families, and rad-
iate out to the community and wider society".

Independence -celebrations -cntinued on February. th at Queen'. Park with
a sky diving display and a cricket match, the ball for which was brought
in by parachute.- .' -'*




WEBSTER'S GOALS

Chief Minister Ronald Webster, 55, of Angdilla, whb has' called a snap elec-
tion for March 9th may retire from politics at the end of the next term if
he is returned to power and.if he has achieved 4 goals he has set himself.

Mr. Webster disclosed this'to NEWSL.ErTER in a recent interview in Angiilla
in which he outlined his piansna .

"I have 4 more projects to complete", he said, "and after I have completed
them, I believe I will take a back seat or, perhaps retire from politicss.

Priority place among the projects is completion of a new 30-bed hospital
complex to replace the present 20-bed hospital which the chief minister
described as an "overgrown home" which started off with 4 beds.

Mr. Webstert' second project is the building of a new 4,000 foot airport
to replace the 3,600 foot strip now serving the island. extension of the
present runway, he'said, is not-feasible because of the lay of the land and
the projected new airport will be in a new location.'

"The new airport will belong enough to take the Avrq aircraft like LIAT
uses", the Chief Minister said, "but, while there will be room for expan-
sion, we will not~cater to jets because we want to control the flow of peo-
ple into Anguilla6 ,

The Government of Anguilla is now negotiftiatng airagoente for undertaking
Mr-4'Webster'st third projet'thich is construction of a dee p- ter port1
'Discu'ssions 'elative to thi., he said, are now being held-with the Europ'an
Development Fund, Caribbeah(D4veiopment Bhnk'and thi'British Develop~ont d-,
ision.

"The-foutth project is toi ensure that we adopt the 'e~e system as To-tola
in the British Vixgin Islandis", the.Chief Minister haid, "and makl the Unit-
ed States dollar legal tender in Anguilla".
-eontinued-





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At present the.East Caribbean dollar is the legal tender ot Anguilla al-
though that island is not a memLbi of the Organisation of East Caribbean
States (OCS)* Mr, webster said his Government has applied to join OECS
and, if the application is approved, he thought there might be "'resistance'~
to the lack of currehey control-in Anguilla and making the U.S. dollar
legal tender.

"We will have to do what we believe is best for our people", he said.
"Most of the money in circulation in the island is U.S. currency and most
people deal in U.S. dollars. We have our own system going here and we
are not going to interfere with that'"i

The Chief Minieter admitted the difficulty posed by the fact that while
OECS has currency controls Anguilla does not, but said he is not prepared
to restrict Anguillans -and force them to go against what has become estab-
lished custom.

,"We'have very close ties with next-door Dutch St. Maarten", Mr. Webster
said, "but we do not wish to lose our heritage and culture of the English-
speaking Caribbean. We *ill maintain our ties with our neighbours here
but, in terms of the University of the West Indies and the Court System
and such things, we can get this from the OECS. In other directions, we
should try not to find ourselves in a position which is hard to unravel".

The Chief Minister rejected the suggestion that, whatever he says now,
when election time comes around again at the end of the next term, even if
he has achieved his stated goals, he will still face the hustinga.

"I believe that within the next 5 to 6 years I will complete these four
projects",' he said, "and : have'no'intention of trying to hold on to this
position for life. i don't want the people to 'elect me out-' T wri
to mAke sure that I retire" when' I 'have accomplished my goals".





ANGUILLANS DON'T WANT INDEPENDENCE

The principal opponents in the upcoming Anguilla General Electiona are
agreed on at least one point.

:In separate.recent interviews in Anguilla with NEWSLETTER both Chief Min-
ister Ronald Webster and Leader of the Opposition Emile Gumbs said that,
whatever pressures there may be from outside, the people of that island
will make no hasty rush into independenceel.

Said.Mr. Gumbs,"We would: like.to take a hard look at what is happening in
places like Dominiba, Antigua and Grenada.and see what has gone on there
since Independence, and then again look at places like the Cayman Islands
and the British Virgin Islands which still remain Crown Colonies. And,
look at people here. I think people in Anguilla are better off financial-
ly than the vast majority of people in St. Kitts and Dominica,".
-continued-




page 10 T~HE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week EWding 25/2/84


Mr, Webster was just as positive. "I do iot bSlie- Independence is the
answer to Anguilla's questions he said. "Within the nett 30 to 40 years
I do not envisage Anguilians thinking in terms of Independence because it
is not beneficial to us".

The Chief Minister said his "Caribbean Brothers" outside of Ahguilla who
call for a throwing off of the 'Colonial yoke" do not understand that "go*
ing independent" is not necessarily "achieving freedom".

iAnguilla is a colony of Great Britain" Mr. Webster said "but we have
enough control here to manage our own affairs. Britain sees only about
defence and foreign relationsA.

Concerning the fact that Britath must approve;all laws passed by the An-
guilla Legislature, the Chief Minister said the U.K. did not insist on-hav-
ing amendments made unless the matter is "complex", and he did not feel the
British presence to be oppressive except during the 1969 and 1976 period.

In 1969, Anguilla, which was thettna part of the AaCsoiated State of St.
Kitts-Novia-Anguilly, made a unilateral :declaration of.independence and
receive its first constitution from Britain in 1976

"Since 1976", Mr. Iebstet said, that feeling of oppression has disappeared
and we are now running our own affairs"*

Anguilla wit. an-area.of 35 square miles and a population of some 7,000 is
one of the relics of Britainis West Indian colonies. First settled by the
British in 1650, the island was grouped into one colony with St. Kitts some
70 miles away and has a long history of neglect by and discontent with the
seat of Government'in St. Kittsa.

This discontent came to a head in 1967 when the Government of the late Rob-
ert Bradshaw took the colony of St. Kitts/Nevis/Anguilla into Associated
Statehood with Britain against the wishes of the people of Anguilla.

The people of Anguilla rose up in wrath, expelled the St. Kitts Police and
set up a peace-keeping Committee of which h bh Mr. Welter and Mr. Gumbs
were members .

Then followed an uneasy period of discussions with the St. Kitts Govern-
ment, other Caribbean Governments and the British-Government to find a solu-
tion to the crisis but to no avail. On February 8th 1969, following a re-
ferendum, Anguilla declared itself an independent republic.

Shortly after the referendum, the British Government sent a representative,
Mr. William Whitlock, to make proposals to the Anguillans to regularise the
difficulties arising from their rebellion against St. Kitts. Mr. Whitlock's
proposals were unacceptable to the islanders and, at gunpoint, they put this
British representative off theriisland.


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This was too: much for ta jbCtt sh g. raomwm. on Mtarh 19th 1969, the
British Navy "invadedit th10 inllanri it. ,t ,n.rUnItcrled no resistance, All
they found was a people who wanted no association with St. Kitts but wish-
ed to be governed directly from London.

Ah uneasy period of adjustment followed until, in 1976, the British Govern
-ment gave the colony its own constitution and elections were held.

This tie with Britain has not affected Anguilla's bonds with the nearby
Dutch and -rench islands. Leader of the Opposition Emile Gumhs feels
some sort of eestindian Federation may be ultirtaly inevitable but he is
conscious of Anttaillas' strong ties with her Ale;-by Dutch and, Frenc_,



"We have a closer relationship with St. ;Maarten than with any other island"
Mr. Gumbs said, "and with the tourist boom in St. Maarten ard with tourism
beginning here, I see a very close and growing relationship between X-nguil-
la and St. Maarten".

Any0"indndpendence" Anguilla may achieve will probably come by way of a
Westindian political grouping, the Leader of the Opposition said, "but
because of the close ties with the Dutch, French and United StatBesaictlndv
and the growing use of U.S. currency, Anguilla may find it difficult to
johi in any future political grouping of the English-speaking islands".





ANGUILLA FAVOURED INTERVENTION

The people of Anguilla were very much in favour of ithe United States "res-
cue mission" to Grenada last October, but the Government of Anguilla was
unable to express a view on this matter.

This opinion was expressed by Mr. Emile Gumba, Leader of the Opoosition in
the Anguilla Government in an interview in Anguilla in February with NEWS-
LETTER. Mr. Gumbs said the Government was unable to say anything because
Anguilla is a colony of Britain and the British Government did not approve
of the "rescue mission".

"A lot of people on this island were disappointed that the Government did
not take a stand on the issue", Mr. Gumbs said, "but the Anguilla Govern-
ment did nothing mainly because Anguilla is a dependent territory and the
British Governor, portraying the stance of the British Government, was not
in favour of the United States going to Grenada".

Chief Minister Ronald.Webster, in a separate interview with NEWSLETTER alac
approved the United States intervention in Grenada and expressed the view
that the violent actions of the New Jewel Movement's Peoples Revolutionary
Army were a threat, not only to the people of Grenada, but to the entire
Caribbean.
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it wa' a god-sehd when AnmUdoth Ata' in"., iW Ate "God blees President
Ro*aaid Reaga an d other supporters for that .. If-it wasn't for that, we too
would have been crippled".

Mr. Webster said his Government made no statement at the time of the inter-
vention because they were "ma-rking time", having sent a message to Britain
who is responsible for foreign relations.

The Anguilla Government expected the British Government to express the An-
guilla Government's; feei-fgs on the matter, but these feelings.were not pub-
licised because of 't tish Government's antagonistic attitude towards
the intervention.

"They were not in agreement with the intervention", he said, "because of
their attitude' towards independence. I believe they imposed independence
on our Caribbean" countries' before 'they were matured, and I believe they
were 'a little embarrassed and this caused them to take the stand they did
on the matter".

Mr. Webster said that if Britain had taken immediate action he is sure.
prime Minister Maurice Bishop and others who were killed in the massacre
of Octotf 19th last would have been alive today.

But, in spite of, British curbs, a voicefrom Anguilla was still heard in
the controversy which followed the intervention in Grenada. In his inter-
view, Leader of the Opposition Emile Gumbs said he is completely in agree-
ment with the request of the organization of East Caribbean States to the
United states for assistance

"I sent a cable to congratulate Prime Minister Eugenia Charles of Dominica",
he said. "I think she did a very good job. I also think it (the inter-
vention) is the best thing to happen to Grenada for a very long time and I
hope time will prove me right",


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25th February 1984






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