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FOLJNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973
For The Week Ending 8th September 1984
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Volume 12 Number 1
NE' PARTY FORMED
Three Eastern Caribbean Prime Ministers were witness to an ii,
portant agreement reached on August 26thby. four political par-.
ies in Grenada,
At a meeting at Unioh Island in the Grenadines, 'Herbert Blaize
of the Grenada National Party (GNP), George.Brizan of the Nat-
ional Democratic Party (NDP), Francis Alexis of the GrenadaDe-
mocratic Movement (GDM) and Winston Whyte of the Christian De-
mocratic Labour Party (CDLP) agreed to recommend to their res-
pective Executives that the four parties be merged into one.
present at that meeting and witnessing the agreement which was
drawn up after were Prime Minister James "Son" Mitchell of St.
Vincent, prime Minister John Compton of St. Lucia and Prime Min-
ister Tom Adams of Barbados.
It was agreed that, if it was formed, the new party will be call-
ed the "New National Party" and it will be led by Herbert Blaize.
Following agreement of the Executives, a Joint Steering Committee
was to be established to draw up a constitution and programme
for the new party.
An informed source told IJI.SLETTER the Steering Committee would
be comprised of three representatives from each party and it
would be under the chairmanship of Herbert Blaize.
At a press Conference on August 27th George Brizan and Francis
Alexis of NDP and GDM respectively declined to answer any quest-
ions. The matter would be taken to their Executives "with the
greatest dispatch, they said, and they could not say when a fin-
al decision will be reached. Seen after the press Conference
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Winston 'hyte said his CDLP Executive'wduld-A .e on August 28th to discuss
the matter. Herbert Blaize of GNP was in Carriacou and could not be reach-
ed, but a GNP spokesman told NEWSLETTER the Executive would meet on August
"Unity" talks began last February between GNP, GDM and NDP and, at onetime,
it appeared that these parties would form an alliance under the banner of
"The Team for National Togetherness".. This didtnot materialise and then
GNP and GDM published a joint manifesto under -The Team for National Unity".
No agreement was reached with TUDP and, on August 19th, at a public meeting,
Mr. Blaize of GNP announced a deadline of August 22nd by which agreement
must be reached or his party would go it alone.
Mr. Blaize said the business of putting together people who can operate
under one banner is so critical and important that it must be done right,
"We want to make darned sure", he said, "that when we do put something to-
gether, it is a team of genuine unity and we keep out those bastards who
are trying with invective, intrigue and otherwise to spoil the situation".
The GNP political Lead, r said this is the aim but it will have to be ach-
ieved by August 22nd. He said he would invite those with whom he has been
holding discussions to finalise an agreement indicating that they consider
that unity is the only way to go forward to solve the country's difficult-
"If by Wednesday 22nd, midday, please God", Mr, Blaize said, "I cannot get
a definite answer that this package of genuine ynity will be put together
( I will accept nothing that is unity in name but not unity in fact), it
has to be a genuine purposeful, effective unity, or else the Grenada Nution-
al Party moves along on its own".
Only members of the 3-NP were on the platform at the August 19th public meet-
ing;although Mr. Alexis (GDM) said in an interview on August 18th that he
would be on that platform. Mr. Alexis was in the Market Square among the
crowd wearing a TNU T-shirt, and political observers were uncertain whether
his absence from the platform was significant.
In his 36-minute address, Mr. Blaize did not mention his party's alliance
with GDM under the TNU banner, and this also was cause for comment.
St. George's Market Square is considered the principal political platform
in Grenada and the August 19th GNP meeting wat the first to be held there
by any political party since the overthrow of the peoples Revolutionary
Government by the peoples Revolutionary Army last October. It was attend-
ed by a small crowd of some 250 to 300 persons.
Mr. Blaize's August 22nd deadline parsed and, at a Press Conference on Aug-
ust 23rd, he said his discussions wi.h the National Demqcra.tic.party of
Week Ending i/9/t4 THIz GCRLIADA NEWSLETTER Page 3
George Brizan and the Grenada Democratic Movement of Francis Alexis came to
an end on August 22nd,
No agreement had been reached, he said, and GNP was gearing itself for the
possibility that this position was final and no unity between the parties
"Accepting the realities of the situation", he said, "we have p.t our state-
wide organisational machinery in readiness, just in case we may have to go
However, he said, recognising the widespread desire among the electorate for
achievement of unity among these three parties, GNP has not closed the dor
on the possibility of cooperation.
"New and unique initiatives in the search for unity are being undertaken",
the GIP Political Leader said, "but for the present they must remain con-
Mr. Blaize said GNP will cooperate with these initiatives but he declined
to say what they are or who is taking them.
The "unique initiatives" are the Union Island meeting of August 26th and on
August 31st, Mr. Blaize said his Executive had accepted the terms of the
agreement reached at Union Island.
"My Exvcutive has agreed fully to this" (the merger), Mr. Blaize said, "sub-
ject to acceptance of the Constitution which must be drawn up for the new
Mr. Blaize said the Executives of the other parties had all agreed to ac-
cept the Union Island are'm'V'nt:and immediate steps were being taken to im-
On September 1st, however, Mr. Winston Whyte, Political Leader of the Christ-
ian Democratic Labour Party '(CDLP) told NEWSLETTER that his party had re-
jected "counter proposals" made by the Grenada National party (GNP) with re-
ference to the "Union Island ;.gr~ement".
At Union Island, it was agreed that each of the 4 parties would have 3 re-
presentatives on the Steering Committee to launch the new party but sub-
sequently Mr. Blaize made new proposals. He proposed that GNP have 5 re-
presentatives, NDP have 4, GDM have 3 and CDLP have 2. NDP and GDM agreed
but CDLP did not accept this change.
"The CDLP has rejected any counter proposal to those made in the Gentleman's
Agre,--menrt in Union Island", Mr. '7ihyte told NEWSLETTER on September 1st,
"and with the same enthusiasm with which we accept the formation of the
'New National Party' with Herbert Blaize as leader, with equal vehemence we
oppose any deviation from the Gentleman's Agreement".
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page 4 ThE GRENADA NE ISLETTER Week Ending 8/9/84
Mr. Whyte said he had written Mr. Blaze on September 1st setting out his
party's stand and a reaction was awaited.
"CDLP has not distanced itself from the unity move", Mr. Whyte said, "and
the fact that we can take this stand must be seen as a measure of the high
degree of democracy which is associated with the formation of "The New Nat-
Mr. Blaize confirmed on September Ist that he had received a letter from
Mr. Vhyte confirming CDIF's stand on representation on the Stebrii4 Commit-
tee, but Mr. Bl.ire said Mr. Whyte had not dealt with "the heart of ,he mat-
The GNP leader s!did there is a condition Mr. Whyte must satisfy before CGLP
is allowed to be part of NNP. He declined to say what the "condition" ie
but said it had not been satisfied and Mr. Whyte's letter made no reference
On September 5th Mr. Blaize told NEWSLETTER that the Christian Democratic
Labour party (CDLP) of Winston Whyte would not be a part of the merger which
would form the New National Party (NNP).
"An essential pr-condition for Winston "'hyte and the CDLP becoming a part
of NNP", Mr. Blaize said, "was that Whyte should publicly disassociate him-
self and his party from the allegations, published in "The New Grenadian'
newspaper linking me with Eric Gairy in a so-called plot".
The "New Grenadian", a newspaper which supportE Mr. Whyte and the CDLP
charged that Mr. Blaite had had discussions with Sir Eric Gairy, Political
Leader of the Grenada United Labour Party, with a view to forming an al-
liance to fight the General Elections to be held in Grenada before the end
of this year.
The newspaper said Mr. Blaize and Sir Eric had had "highly confidential"
discussions and had "hatched a plot to maintain power in the hands of the
two traditional parties".
Both Mr. Blaize and Sir Eric denieI the story, Mr. Blaize branding it "scan-
dalous" and "scurrilous", and he said also he had not spoken to or heard
from Sir Eric since the revolution of March 1979.
Mr. Blaize told NEVISLETTER on September 5th that, at the Union Island meet-
ing, Mr. Whyte had voluntarily agreed to disassociate himself from this
story but had not done so.
"At a meeting today, (5th), GNP, NDP and GDM set up a Steering Committee
of 12 persons to draft a Constitution and programme for the NNP", Mr.
Blaize said, "and we passed a resolution stating that, since Whyte has not
fulfilled the essential precondition he voluntarily agreed to, we will pro-
reed without him and his CLLP".
Week Ending 8/9/04 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 5
But on September 6th Mr. Whytebranded as a lie the statement that he vol-
untarily agreed to disassociate himself and his party from the statements
published in "The New Grenndian" newspaper.
On September 5th Mr. Blaize met with the leaders of the other two parties,
George Brizan of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and Francis Alexis pf
the Grenada Democratic Movement (GDM), and a resolution passed by that
meeting discloses that the "condition" Mr. Whyte was to satisfy was his
disassociation with the charges in "The New Grenadian"t
".... an essential precondition of the participation by.Winston Whyte and
his CDLP in the NNP+ as voluntarily agreed by Winston Whyte", the resolu-
tion says, "....was that Winston Whyte should disassociate himself and his
party from statements appearing on the front page of the August issues of
'The New Grenadian'*..."
"....Winston Whyte has still not met that precondition", the resolution
continues, " ..,despite repeated opportunities given him to do so and, in-
deed, his party has now indicated that he has no intention of doing sot',
and, therefore, GNP, NDP, and GDM have formally constituted the Steering
Committee of NNP.
At a Press Conference on September 6th:'Mr. Wiyte said the resolution lied
when it said he voluntarily agreed to disassociate himself from the state-
ments in "The New Grenadian".
"I voluntarily agreed to discuss the matter", he said. "I did not see
this as an impediment at all and I don't understand why the creation of
Mr. Whyte said "The New Grenadian" is supportive of CDLP but it is not the
organ of the party and he has no control over what goes into the paper.
His only responsibility, he said, is for a column he writes for the paper.
"There 'is'no moral authority in the world which can call on me to disasso-
ciate myself from what I am not involved in", Mr. Whyte said.
Mr. Herbert Blaize, Political Leader of the Grenada National Party (GNP)
repeated his denial that he has had any discussions with sir Eric Gairy or
or representatives of Sir Eric's Grenada United Labour Party with a view to
forming an alliance with Sir Eric to fight the General Elections scheduled
to be held in Grenada before the end of this year,
The charge of collaboration between Mr. Blaize and Sir Eric was made in a
recent issue of "The New Grenadi-n", the newspaper of the Christian Demo-
cratic Labour party of Winston Whyte. The newspaper said Mr. Blaize and
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-ose 6 r1 GRENADA NE'ISLETTER Week Ending 8/9/84
and Sir Eric had had a "highly confidential meeting and had "hatched a plot
to maintain power in the hands of the two traditional parties".
Both Mr. Blaize and Sir Eric denied the story, Mr. Blaize calling it "scan-
dalous" and "scurrilous", and he said also he had not spoken to or heard
from sir Eri.c since the revolution of March 1979.
But, in an issue of "The New Grenadian" published on August 25th the charge
is repeated. ThE newspaper said its evidence of the meeting of Mr. Blaize
and Sir Eric comes from an interview with Mr. Blaize published in "The lew
York Times" of 15th April 1984, and the newspaper published that interview,
highlighting the following paragraph:-
"Despite his criticism of Sir Eric, Mr. Blaize said he had
been in contact with members of the United Labour Party to
discuss the possibility of forming an alliance behind his
Asked on August 25th to comment, Mr. Blaize said that extract does not re-
flact accurately what he said in the interview.
"The statement I made", the GNP Political Leader said, "is that the situa-
tion in Grenada now is such that even Gniryites would be welcome to join
us in bringing together a no* Urcuada".
M'r. Blaize said his statemedr referred to followers of Sir Eric and he has
not been in touch with either Sir Eric ur officials of the Grenada United
Referring to "The New York Times" interview, the GNP Political Leader refer-
red to another pararagaph which, he said, completely contradicts the impress-
ion that he sought an alliance with Sir Eric.
"That paragraph states clearly that I said I was ysitioning myself as the
moderate candidate between the two extremes Grenada has had as governing par-
ties before the intervention of last October", he said, "and it is therefore
totally illogical tc believe that I could be seeking to align myself with one
of those extr.mcs".
Mr. Blaize said that, in the overall context of his interview, the point he
had made is that it is undesirable for Grenada to go back into either the sit-
uation which existed before 1979, the GULP, or after 1979, the New Jewel Move-
ment, and what his party offers is "the middle road".
"persons who wanted to get away from either the left or the right would be
welcome to join us", he said, "even Gairyites".
Neek Ending 8/9/84 TICl GRENADA I]EA.'SLETTER Page 7
"NE': *3?EThADIAN" NOT CDLP
Mr. Reynold Benjamin,.Grenadi-an born. Barrister, denied on September 7th
that his newsp.pc-r, "The New Grenldioan", 'is the official organ of Winston
Whyte's Christian Democratic Labour Party (CDLP)'f
Mr. Benjamin was speaking at a press Conference called by Mr. Whyte, CDLP
Political Leader, and he described himself as "the principal shareholder"
of the newspaper. He said also that while "The New Grenadian" now sup-
ports CDLP, it can change its allegiance at any time
"We have an editorial board", he said, "comprised of myself, Trevor Smith
who is our editor, in effect, Dr. Vernon Scoon4 who has always been involv-
ed with "The New Grenadian", and a number of other prominent Grenadians
living in Trinidad whose names I will not mention because they are all in-
volved in responsible positions which do not permit them to participate in
such a case".
With reference to a report in an August issue of "The New Grenadian",i Mr.
Benjamin was asked whether, if called upon, he could produce proof that
Mr. Herbert Blaize, political Leader of the Grenada National Party, and. Sir
Eric Gairy, Political Leader of the Grenada United Labour party, had had a
"Our newspaper said reports r-aching us indicated that they had mett, he
said. "We are a newspaper, we receive information, we look at it and we
consider whether we should publish it. We can prove that we received re-
ports from sources which we considered reliable",
Mr. Benjamin said it is not the duty of his newspaper to prove anything.
All. the paper can do, he said, is to lay the evidence it has before the pnb-
lic. The paper received certain reports, he said, it considered the sour-
ces reliable and the contents of the reports were published with the-state-
ment that they were reports received.
Both Mr. Blaize and Sir Eric have been invited to use the columns of "The
New.Grcn-di'Ln"' to comment on or deny the report, he said, but neither ac-
In his newspaper, "The Grenadian Guardian", Sir Eric has denied the report
and-Mrl Blaize has stated publicly that, since 1979, he has not spoken to
nor heard from Sir Eric.
Thle streets of St. George's blossomed late in August with a rash of graffiti
protesting the arrest of Chester Humphrey a prominent member of Maurice
Bishop's New Jewel Movement (NJM) who is wanted in the United States for
alleged gun running. -continued-
page 8 THE GRENrADA !.SLETTER w. k Ending 8/9/84
Mr. Humfrey was arrested here on August 17th and, when Grenadians woke on
August 21st morning, they found bold-painted, large, white signs on the sur-
face of streets reading, "Fr~' Ches.tr !iumphreytt. Others said "Free Ch.st-
er" or "Free ~amphroy" and there were also "Yankee go home" and "Bajans go
Of all the countries mwhinSg up the Caribbean peacekeeping Force, only the
._-.. *JZ.rthk e) are aRtacked in this graffiti campaign. A source close
to the Peacekeeping FD-Oe said this is probably because the Barbadians are
attached to the cri-linal Investigation fleprrtment.
A o-As .?on to the Legal Department said that, before Mr. Humphrey could
have been arrested, the United States would have had to submit, to the At-
torney General, documents supporting the fact that Humphrey is wanted in the
States for an alleged felony.
Following this, Mr. Humphrey will appu ar before a Magistrate who will exam-
ine the charges and, if he is satisfied Mr. Humphrey has a case to answer
in the United States, the extradition machinery will be put into effect and
Mr. Humphrey will be turned over to a United States Marshal.
The source said the charges again-ot Mr. numipire.r include the ftli.oatio.is
that he shipped arms arcoue state lines in the Unictd oattvw and that he
shipped arms from the United States without a licence.
On February 2nd 1979, some 6 weeks before the New Jewel Movement Revolution
of 13th March 1979, Mr. Humphrey was arrested in the United States together
ith another prominent NJM member, Mr. James Wardally. The 2 men were
:hnrged on 6 counts involving crossing state lines with weapons, defacing
serial numbers on weapons and smuggling arms and ammunition to Grenada,
They were released on bail in the sum of US$10,000 each.
A Humphrey/Wardally Defence Committee was formed under the chairmanship of
Barbados born Barrister Bobby Clarke. Efforts were made by NJM to have the
U.S. drop the charges against Humphrey and Wardally, and Mr. Clarke said as-
surances were given by several U.S. State Department officials that the
charges would be dropped.
"However", Mr. Clarke said, "following-Grenada's recognition of the Sandan-
ista led Reconstruction Government of Nicaragua, at a time when the U.S.
Government was trying to impose its formula for a U.S. style solution, the
State Department reversed its decision".
According to the peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG), the strong views
held by Mr. Humphrcy and Mr. Wardally on American policies in other parts
of the world was "the cause of their hardship".
fencee Lawyers employed to defend the two men would cost USS25,000, the
P G said, and the ";:fence Comir.ittee" set up in the U.S.A. had been able to
-ise US$5,000 only. Contributions were requested. -continued-
Week Ending 0/9/84 THE GRENADA r;E.'SLETTER P-ge 9
The case against Mr. Humphrey and Mr. Wgrdally was to have been heard in
'.ashington on 3rd October 1979, but they escaped from the U.S.A. and ar-
rived in Grenada on October 2nd.
Interviewed in Grenada, the two men declined to talk about their escape and
insisted that they had no accomplices or assistance from anyone in making
"Absolutely no one helped us to get out of the United States" Mr. H,'mphrey
said, " It was a purely individual effort".
Grcnado-born Mr. Wardally is said to be a United States citizen and an in-
formed source said he is believed to be in East Germany*
ST. PAUL .CON'T HEAR CASE
Chief Magistrate Lyle St. Paul has served notice that he wi.l not hear the
case agCinst former Commissioner of Police Ian St. Bernard when Mr. St.
Bernard appours in court on October 1st.
Mr. St. Bernard was the only'one:discharged of 20 persons who were charged
with killing Maurice Bishop and 7 others last October. After a lengthy
preliminary Inquiry by Mr. St. Paul into this charge, Mr. St. Bernard was
discharged on August 8th but remanded in custody on a charge under the
Terrorism (prevention) Law of Conspiracy to Murder.
Appearing in the Magistrate's Court on August 21st Grenada's Jamaican born
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mrs. Velma Hylton told Mr. St. Paul
the Conjoiracy charge against Mr. St. Bernard had been withdrawn but there
is now a new charge against him.
The new charge, under the Common Law, is that between 8th October and 19th
October i983, Mr. St. Bernard "together with other persons prepared by show
of armed force to procure an alteration in the Government of the State of
Mr. St. paul noted that there had net been sufficient evidence to send Mr.
St. Bernard up for trial on the charge of murder and he reminded the Court
that he had said he would not hear the Conspiracy charge against Mr. St.
The evidence concerned with that charge, he said, is the same as that in
the charge of murder, and that evidence has already been shown to be insuf-
"This morning we have another chir-,e", he said, "and to my mind I cannot
see the difference between that charge and conspiracy. Maybe when I or
some other person hears. the evidence, the difference will be seen".
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Page 10 THE GREINADI\ E ISLETTER Week Ending 8/9/84
The Magistrate later announced that he would not conduct the Prelininary
Hearing into the new charge against Mr. St. Bernard.
Appearing for Mr. St. Bernard, Jamaican Barrister Delano Harrison asked
that bail be granted. Mr. Harrison said the fact that the Prosecution
has vf,...a. i othuer charge against Mr. St. Bernard is "notoriously oppress-
DPP Hylton objected to the granting of bail but pointed out that this mat-
ter rested in the discretion of the Magistrate. If bail was granted, she
said, she would like three conditions to be attached.
First, Mr. St. Bernard's travel document must be lodged with the Court,
next that he have one or more sureties for the bail and thirdly that those
sureties be required to file affidavits as to means.
Mr. St. Paul granted bail in the sum of ECS5,000 on the conditions as set
out by the DPP.
The preliminary Hearing into this charge has been set to begin on October
PRISON PRIVILEGES STOPPED
Mrs. Hilda Ventour, wife of Mr. John "Chalkie" Ventour, one of the 19 per-
sons held at Richmond Hill prisons under a charge of murd-ring Prime Minis-
ter Maurice Bishop and others last October, complained on August 24th to
NE'ISLLJ.TER of treatment by prison officials.
Mrs. Ventour said she went to the prison on August 24th to visit her hus-
band and found that the visiting conditions had been changed. Usually, she
said, visitors sit on one side of a wire screen and talk to the prisoner on
the other side but, today, her husband was made to sit some 6 feet back from
the wire screen.
"We had to shout to communicate with each othe_" she said, "and I and other
Another visitor to the prison on August 24th, Ms. Cheryl Fletcher, confirm-
ed what Mrs. Ventour said. Ms Fletcher said she had gone to see Lester
"Goat" Redhead, (also on the charge of murder), and Mr. Redhead, too, had
been made to sit "far back" from the wire screen.
"We started to make a lot of noise in protest", Ms. Fletcher said. "There
were more than 30 of us there and the prisoners were also making a lot of
noise when Lieutenant Richards came and told us that the visits were can-
celled and we should clear the compound in 5 minutes".
Veek Ending P/9/84 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 11
Mrs. Ventour and Ms.Fletcher said also that they have been allowed to bring
in items of food for the prisoners but this privilege was taken away on
Commissioner of prisons Lionel Maloney confirmed on August 24th that prison-
ers were not allowed to sit up close to the wire screen,
"It is against the rules for prisoners to be up against the screen during
visits", he said, "and, except for lawyers, everything said and done must
be in the sight and hearing of the officer. 'With lawyers it must be done
within the sight of the officer but not the hearing".
Mr. Maloney said that anyone who did not conduct themselves properly in the
prison compound would have to leave, and he had stopped the privilege of
bringing in food until there is "discipline- and proper behaviour" shown by
the people who wanted to visit.
"If there is no discipline", he said, "they cannot see anyone in here,.
RL IX T.. 1S LEGAL ACTION
Application has been made to the Grenada High Court for an order directing
the chairman of the Iaterim Government, Nicholas Erathwaite, to grant Gre-
nada citizenship to Mrs. Shahiba Radix, wife of Mr. Kendrick Radix, former
Minister in the peoples Revolutionary Government.
Mr. Radix, a Barrister, told NE 'LETTER onAugust 28th that he had institu-
ted legal proceedings in this connection on August 22nd. His wife's ap-
plication for citizenship was ra3de on 16th July, he said, and he has not
had its approval or acknowledgement of its receipt.
"'Nicholas Brathwaite is the person in the Interim Government responsible
for citizenship", he said, "and his refusal to grant my wife citizenship
is a violation of her rights under the Grenada Constitution".
Mr. Radix arrived at pearls Airport, Grenr.'a, on June 23rd with his newly
wed wife, the former Miss Shhaibas Strong who was Chief of Protocol of the
peoples Revolutionary Government from 1979 to 1983.
According to Commissioner of police Mervin Holder, Miss Strong was deemed
an "undesirable immigrant" after the Military Intervention last October and
when she arrived at Pearls Airport with Mr. Radix, she was not allowed en-
try to the country.
Mr. Ra-:ix said today that Mr. Holder's statement in this connection does not
in any way affect the application he has made on his wife's behalf for cit-
izenship which, he said, as a person married to a Grenadian, is hers as of
right under the Grenada Constitution and Grenada Citizenship Act.
Page 12 THE GRENDA NEJ.SLZTTER Week -Eding 8//84
According to Grenada law, he said, whenever a person is detained, restrict-
ed or arrested as a "prohibited alien", notice of the fact and the grounds
for refusal of entry to the country shall be given to the person in the pro-
"No notice of any kind has ever been served on my wife"f Mri Radix said, "so
this maybe just the caprice of an individual functionary at the airport.
It is certainly not, by any stretch of imagination, an official action".
Mr. Radix said that, before taking the matter to Court, he wrote, on 28th
June, to Governor General Sir Paul-Scoon, "the constitutional head of the
Interim Council", asking his intervention in having the Immigration Depart-
ment permit his wife to enter Grenada.
"I trust that your Excellency's well developed sense of honour and concern
will permit you to order the reversal of this unjust and insensitive action
taken by your subordinates", the letter to .Sir Paul said*
In reply, Mr. Radix received a letter from the Governor General's personal
assistant, dated 17th July, stating that "The Governor General has been ad-
vised that the Immigration Authorities acted with propriety in the matter
of your Guyana born wife, Shahiba, and does not feel able to intervene ...,
Other legal action taken by Mr. Radix is that, in June, he filed an action
in the Supreme Court seeking the return of his marriage certificate which,
he says, was not returned to him after he showed it to an Immigration off-
icer at the airport on the day his wife was denied entry.
In June also, and arising from the same incident at the airport, Mr. Radix
said, he filed an action against the Commissioner of Police and au Tnspe.ct-
or for wrongful imprisonment and against the Inspector for assault and bat-
All the action taken against Shahiba Strong before her marriage can be
deemed as illegal, Mr. Radix said, but they have been compounded by the
actions that have taken place since she became Mrs. Kendrick Radix.
The malice and illegality which taints and colours the course of conduct
by those responsible is highly significant, he said.
"We don't have the rule of law which is one of the tests for democratic
action", Mr. Radix said. "I will do everything possible to resist this
imposition of what I regard as the first right of citizens of the nation,
that is the right to marry and to have a family".
'e-k Ending 8/9/84 THE GP.EI!\D.. NEWSLETTER age 13
NEG.TI%'Z Ti Z!DS IN AGRICULTURE E
Mr. Joseph Campbell, Grenada born agricultural expert attached to the
Organisation of American States (OAS) office in Grenada, said in an inter-
view on September 4th that the island's agricultural sector is experienc-
ing a "big transition".
"What is happening", he said,. "is that there is a distinct neg..tive trend
in the three main pillars, cocoa, nutmegs and bananas".
In the case of nutmegs, he said, analysis shows a seeming upward trend to
be, in reality, negative.
Explaining, Mr. Campbell referred to the production of nutmegs and the pro-
duction of mace, the lacy, red by-product of the nutmeg which is found on
the outside of the nut and which is, itself, a spice.
Mr. Campbell said that, between 1976 and 1983, production of nutmegs had
increased while production of mace declined.
"This is surprising", he said, "because nutmegs and mace are joint pro-
The reason for this Mr. Campbell said, is that the nutmeg trees planted af-
ter the hurricane of 1955 are now at their production peak. Harvesting of
nutmegs is done by picking up the nuts (covered with mace) when they fall
from the tree. Mr. Campbell said that because of the peak condition of
the trees, there are many nuts to be picked up but farmers are not doing
this regularly and, while this has no adverse effect on the nut, lying on
the ground for a length of time gives the mace time to rot and so the pro-
duction of this by-product has gone down.
"The variable to look at in terms of farmers' attitude to this crop is the
mace", he said, "because, while prices of nutmegs are decreasing, prices
of mace are increasing, yet farmers are producing less mace."
Mr. Campbell said this lack of interest in the nutmeg industry is due to
the fact that prices now being received for the crop do not stimulate farm-
ers to harvest the nuts regularly.
With reference to cocoa, Mr. Campbell said there is fluctuation in product-
ion but the trend is clearly downwards. Although world prices have been
somewhat depressed over the past 2 or 3 years, he said, there has been a
general upward trend and prices have not generated the negative trend.
This trend, he said, can be explained by the pest and disease situation on
the plantations, the trees are a lot older also and the concentration of
trees per acre has increased.
"Grenada now has a Canadian Aid Rehabilitation project underway", Mr. Camp-
bell said, "and one would expect that, in about 5 years, there will be an
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improvement in production, but that project is not doing as good a job as
Mr. Campbell said the project is not "targeted" properly and, although it
is not producing as much planting material as it is supposed to, it still
has an excess.
"Any farm size in any flrat, ~dy request plants Mr. Campbell said, "and
e 'c*sMit is ta-., the Extension Service of the Cocoa Rehabilitation is
spread all over the island and there is no concentration on upgrading the
best cucM-a lands".
There are certain requirements and preparations in the field which have to
be met and done before planting material is supplied, he said, and, if the
Extension Service has toverify these requirements and preparations on an
island-wide basis and on all lands irrespective of their size and suitabil-
ity for cocoa production, then the Rehabilitation Scheme buffers.
"This project was so poorly targeted", Mr. Campbell said, "that it was sup-
posed to rehabilitate 10,000 acres of cocoa, which is.all the cocoa lands
on Grenada. This is very poor because, what is being said is that.we will
grow cocoa in the same places as beforG, whothov thcrco places are suitable
As far as the banana industry is concerned, he said, the trend is "a clear
down". Although prices have been increasing, the high cost.of inputs to
the industry and the "Moco" disease afflicting the plantations both produce
"What our survey has shown", Mr. Campbell said, "is that banana production
should take place on farms from 2 to 10 acres. Over 10 acres there is a
big labour problem and, although small plots can be worked successfully,.
there is the factor of economies of scale if the farm is too small".
Mr. Campbell who has been giving his attention to Grenada's agricultural
sector for the last 4 years, said a report has now been submitted to Gov-
ernment's planning Department.
This report is based, he said, on a survey of 18 crops and species of live-
stock, and it recommends ideal farm sizes and locations for various crops
and proposes a diversification programme including the placing of agro in-
dustries in the dryer lands of north-east Grenada and the sister island of
"This report is called 'Alternative Strategies for Grenadian Agriculture*,
Mr. Campbell said, "and what I am trying to do is cement it into the minds
of policy makers".
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Week Ending 8/9/84 TI!E GRENADA NEWSLETTER page 15
S VIT FISHERIES REPORT
An unpublished report of a fisheries survey done for the peoples Revolution-
ary Government (PRG) by the Russian Government.does not encourage large-
scale fishing operations.
"The Grenada shelf area is not suitable for trawling operations", the re-
port says. "Due to vast coral grounds the fishing for groundfish on the
largest part of the shelf can be conducted only with traps and hook-and-line
According to the trawling survey, done in November 1980, the potential an-
nual yield of "demersal fish" (those living at the bottom of the sea) is
estim-ted at 2.2 thousand tons. Informed sources estimate that the total
catch in Grenada in 1978 was 3.7 thousand tons and this did not meet the
With reference to long-line fishing, the Soviet survey, conducted in July
1981, indicates that the l-rge "pelagic fish" (those living in the open sea)
suitable for commercial purposes (tunas, marlins, sharks, etc.) are most in-
teresting species in terms of further studies of the biological resources
of the area.
"A small-scale long-lines fishery is possible in Grenada waters", the report
says, "provided that further investigation of the seasonal distribution of
the species caught with long-lines relative to hydrological environmental
conditions is carried out".
The survey report says that, for the purpose of fishery development in Gre-
nada's economic zone, the establishment of cooperative fishery societies
possessing small ships would be reasonable. In this case, the report says,
fishing can be conducted both on the shelf and in the open sea with long-
MCINTYRE: INVESTMENT CrMING
Mr. Chairles "Laddie" McIntyre, president of the Grenada Chamber of Industry
and Commerce, said in an interview on August 31st that the Chamber has re-
cognised the need to expose Grenadians to the ramifications of the Carib-
bean Basin Initiative (CBI) and this is why a recent CBI educational seminar
was held in Grenada.
"We found out", he said, "that a lot of business people did not know too
much about it".
The Chamber president said that, for example, one of the speakers at the
seminar displayed three dolls which, to the uninformed, appeared to be sim-
ilar and, therefore subject to the same customs classification but, in
reality, were quite different. -continued-
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Mr. McIntyre said the Grenadian private Sector is taking the CBI seriously
but "possibly not enough". One garment manufacturer, he s8ai(,'has just en-.
tered into an "807 agreement" with a'United States company. Under that type
of agreement, he said, the United States company will send in ready-cut mat-
erial which will be finished in Jrennda and sent back to the U.S.
"From what I gather", he said, "this operation will provide employment for
quite a number of people".
Two other garment manufacturers will be making similar arrangements, he said,
all this being under the CBI, and a United States toy manufacturer will be
setting up a factory here.
',Because of these developments", the Chamber president said, "it is not cor-
rect to say that no investment will come to Grenada before the General Elect-
ions, but, without doubt, there are some large investors who have plano on
the drawing board and who will wish to see the outcome of the Elections be-
fore taking action".
Mr. McIntyre said the Interim Government could.promote investment now if it
divested itself of some of its holdings such as the Grenada Beach Hotel and
other plant in the Tourist Industry.
CI.'ISE LIIJER SEASON OPEN
arenada's Cruise Liner Season opened on September 5th with the arrival of
the cruising yacht "Mandalay", and the island's Cruise-Administrator, Mrs.
Gert pro-tain told NEWSLETTER there will be 120 cruise liner calls at St.
George's before the season ends next May.
irs. protein said the tragic events of last October (when there was a Mili-
tary Intervention) diLrupFed most areas of Grenadian life, and the cruise
liner trade did not escape the consequences.
"The 1983/84 cruise season came to an abrupt standstill", she said, "as,
with the overseas media highlighting our unfortunate situation, all cruise
ships cancelled their calls, naturally, out of a sense of caution".
The. Cruise Administrator said that there had been good response by cruise
liner operators to intensive promotion and publicity initiated by the In-
terim Government, and the current season will be a success.
"Grenada has become, once more, a favourite port of call", she said, "and
this season will be a record one with new cruise liners joining our old
1 addition to the cruise liners which call at the island during the winter
season, Mrs. protain said, there are others, like the "Carla C" of the Costa
Lines and the "Cunard Countess" which have resumed their schedules of regu-
lar calls all through the year.
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VISA RESTRICTIONS HAMPER TRADE
The relationship between the Private Sector and the Government of Grenada
before October of last year was strained and businessmen were forced to
.alk a tight rope.
This opinion was expressed on .ugust 31st in an interview by Mr. Charles
"Laddie" McIntyre, president of the Grenad3 Chamber of Industry and Com-
merce, but he said the position todny is very different.
"We of the Chamber have had several meetings with members of the Interim
Government, with the Governor General and with Permanent Secretaries and
Government technocrats", he said, "and I am happy to say that a lot of the
misunderstanding and mistrust has been removed".
Mr. McIntyre said public statements made by the Peoples Revolutionary Gov-
ernment g.ve the impression to Civil'Servants that business people were
"ripping-off" the public, but discussions held by the Chamber with senior
Civil Servants have helped to dispel this false impression.
The Chamber President said there have been complaints from Trinidad and To-
bago that the smaller islands are not doing enough business with Trinidad
and Tobago, and the Chamber has been able to furnish important information
to the Ministry of Trade ich puts a different light on the picture.
The Ministry of Trade did not know, he said, that the Grenada garment manu-
facturers buy a lot of material from Trinidad and Tobago but, Mr. Mclntyre
said, Trinidad and Tobago manufacturers have only themselves to blame if
they are not getting more trade.
"Whe-n they (manufacturers in Trinidad and Tobago) were enjoying their af-
fluent days before the squeeze hit them", he said, "they never thought of
sending representatives to market their products as the Barbadians did".
Mr. McIntyre said Barbadian sales representatives have been familiar sights
in G3r'cnadn but Trinidadians were "too busy selling in the home market and
making a fortune". They had it too good, he said, so they did not send
representatives out to the islands.
"Another thing which is having an advers, effect on their trade is the vis-
restrictions imposed on Grenadians", Mr. McIntyre said, "because a Grenad-
ian cannot go easily to Trinidad to select the goods he may require. He
has to stand in line for 3 days before he can get a visa".
The Chamber president said these matters were raised with the Trinidad and
Tobago Government sponsored Ulric Cross Mission which came to Grenada some
months ago and that Mission agreed to arrange a meeting of the Ministers of
Trade and Private Sector organizations of the two countries to thresh out
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Mr. McIntyre said the meeting had not yet taken place and, though he wished
it had already been held, he. had not lost hope that it will be arranged.
Mr. William Otwty, President of the Grenada Employers Federation, who was
at this interview, said the Ulric Cross Mission submitted its report at the
end of July and, even before that report was submitted, some things had
been done to ease the visa situation. He warned, however, that the matter
of the visa restrictions has now become a political issue.
"Mr. Karl Hudson Phillips (political Leader of the Trinidad and Tubago OP-
position Organisation for National Reconstruction) came to Grenade prior to
the Mission's visit", he said, "and on his return to Trinidad, insisted
that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago remove the visa restrictions on
If the restrictions are removed now, Mr. Otway said, Mr. Hudson Phillips
will claim that it is his doing and "I don't think Prime Minister Chamber.
is about to let that happen".
BIMAP PROGRAMIE FOR GRENADA
Grenada is to benefit from a programme of training funded by the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the
Barbados Institute of Management and productivity (BIMAP).
This was disclosed at a Press Conference on August 31st by the Presidents
of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Grenada Employers
Federation, Charles "Laddie" McIntyre and William Otway.
"The BIMAP has made representations to both the Chamber and Federation" Mr.
Cfway said, "through this programme to lend assistance to the Eastern Carib-
bean islands in the training of manag-'remnt and personnel in any field they
The cost involved, he said, is nominal being only US$225 even though the
training may have to be done in North America. Some training, Mr. Otway
said, will be done in the United States but, in other cases, where it is-
found to be more .economical, the trainers will be brought to Grenada to con-
duct the training here.
This training programme is not only for members of the Chamber and Federa-
tion, Mr. Otway said, and an open invitation is being extended to a seminar
to be held on 18th September when the possibilities of the programme will
Mr. McIntyre said it is hoped the Agricultural and Tourism sectors will
take advantage of the program"- which is not designed only for business and
.r nufacturing. He said the public Sector would also be welcome to take
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part but he thought Government already has many opportunities for training.
Mr. Otway said BIMAP is a non-profit organisation which is funded by USAID
and which is staffed with professional persons equipped to advise and train
in the field of management.
SCOON: DON'T DOUBT, ELECTIONS THIS YEAR
Governor General Sir Paul scoon confirmed on August 20th that Grenada will
have General Elections before the end of this year.
The confirmation came in the course of an address as Sir Paul officially
opened the 14th Annual Conference of the Caribbean public Services Associa-
"preparations are proceeding apace for fair and free elections before the
end of this calendar year", he said, "let there be no doubt about it".
The Governor General asked conference delegates to banish any "residual
fears" with which they may have come to the island* Grenada's streets and
beaches are perfectly safe, he said, Grenadians are friendly and are will-
ing and ready to converse without let or hindrance.
"The freedom of the individual has been. fully restored in our country", Sir
Paul said, "and you should feel no inhibitions to voice your own opinion on
any matter. You are even free- to criticise me and to criticise any act-
ions I have taken in recent months".
Referring to the events in Grenada last October, the Governor-General said
he had had no option but to adopt the course of action he did at that time.
"Let it be clearly understood", he said, "that there was no logical alter-
native to the actions that I and others took last October, and this is the
view of the majority of Grenadians".
Sir paul said the theme of the conference, "The Public service as an In-
strument of Development" is timely, but he warned that development of the
human personality and human relationships must be the basis for any form
of development, political, economic or social.
"Ole cannot confine development to our offices", he said, "from which come
all those beautiful reports or papers with the latest jargon, some of them
bearing no relevance to the reality of the local situation or the aspira-
tions of the local people".
Development must not start with textbooks and theories which have not been
tried and tested and, perhaps, are more relevant to countries in the devel-
oped world, the Governor-General said, it must start with the ordinary man
and woman* -continued
Week Ending 8/9/84
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Siir Paul said the approach to developm.-nt and development issues must be
"more pragmatic", and he advocated greater interaction between public ser-
Vants, professional men, academics, the business sector and trade unions
in the formulation of development plans and Government policy.
The Governor General asked conference delegates to remember that a public
servant can be his own enemy when hetakes up the mantle of political ex-
pediency and abandons the "hall marks" of the Civil Service, loyalty, de-
votion to duty, discipline and initiative.
"He then becomes a prey to political manoeuvering and political manipula-
tion", he said, "and, sad to say, he begins to lose all reason. My advice
to such individual public servants is that, while giving your loyalty to the
Government of the.day, you must never get too close to politicians".
The Conference was attended by delegates from Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados,
Belize,.Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia,
St. Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago, and was hosted by the Grenada Public Work-
Also attending were representatives of the Grenada Trade Union Council, the
American Institute for Free Labour Development, the Caribbean Congress of
Labour and the International Labour crgLnisation.
The Conference ended on August 25th.
REGION IS CLOSER NHOW: BRiTH'.AITE
"We must not forget that there is a relationship between the level of pro-
duction of those who are employed and the number of those who are unemployed".
This injunction was given on August 20th by Mr. Nicholas Brathwaite, Chair-
man of Grenada's Interim Government as he delivered the feature address at
the opening seosion of the 14th Annual Conference of the Caribbean public
Services Association (CPSA).
"Griter productivity", he said, "means greater economic development which,
in turn, leads to creation of more jobs".
"r. Brathwaite told conference delegates that one of the ways in which the
CPSA can be instrumental in national development is by ensuring that its
members become models of efficiency for the rest of the country.
According to the Chairman of the Interim Government "Caribbean man", what-
ever his background, feels he has a stake in his country. Regardless of
how different his views are from tc-~e of the Government in power, "Carib-
"'an man" feels he is entitled to certain rights, and he looks to institu-
t~e"s such as the Public Service and police Service as guarantors of those
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rights, Mr. Brathwaite said.
"But", Mr. Brathwaite said, "whenever the Civil Service or police Service
become tools of politicians, you must understand the demoralising effect
it can have on ordinary citizens if they are denied their basic rights on
the basis of political considerations".
The Interim Government Chnirman said the Conference was taking place at a
time when Grenadians are undergoing a unique experiment. More and more,
he said, arising out of Grenada's experience last October, attention will
be focused on the regional integration movement.
Ironic as it may sound, Mr. Brathwaite said, the region is closer now than
it was before October 1985, and he believes this can be attributed to the
fact that, ideology apart, Grenada is back on the road to constitutional
'"General Elections are due to be held later this year", he said, "and no
effort will be spared to ensure that they are free and fair and free from
fear and intimidation".
GODD..RD GIVES CPSA HISTORY
Addressing the opening session on August 20th of the 14th Annual Conference
of the Caribbean Public Services Association (CPSA), the General Secretary
of that Association, Mr. Joseph Goddard, related what he called a "tiny
portion" of the history of CPSA.
The Association, as presently constituted, was founded in Barbados on Octo-
ber 3rd 1970, he said, following the establishment of a Steering Committee
on May 4th 1969, at Kingston, Jamaica, "to investigate and recommend the
formation of an Association of Commonwealth Caribbean Civil Service Associa-
Mr. Goddard said that, before CPSA was founded, there existed an organisa-
tion called "The Federation' of British Civil service Associations"(FEBRCISA)
FEBRCISA was formed on February 23rd 1944 at Kingston, Jamaica, he said,
and stopped functioning effectively sometime between 1960 and 1963.
"I would like to assure our Grenadian brothers and sisters that they have
always been in the forefront of regional Tradeunionism", Mr. Goddard said.
"In fact, the last Treasurer of FEBRCIS. was Miss Louise Rowley who, from
the 1960s was attached to the then Grenada Ministry of Local Government,
Housing and Labour".
The Foundation Members of CPSA are Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada,
Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad
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STANDIT,' ;::.DERS 3EIJ1G REVISED
Sir Charles Gordon, K.C.B. (66) former Clerk of the British House of Com-
mons, visited Grenada in August on a two week assignment to help to revise
the Standing Ordurs of Grenada's.Parliament which.will be established after
the General Elections to take place before the end of this year.
ir Charles w-orked here with Mr. Curtis Strachan who was Clerk of Parliament
here up to the time of the New Jewel Movement Revolution of March 1979.
liis colleagues at the office of the Clerk of the House of Commons, Sir
Charle told NEJ.LETTER on AugZust 2Lth, were asked to study the existing
Grenada Starding Orders and suggest improvements and alterations. Thip
:-hey have done and Sir Charles was in Grenada for discussions on this with
"With a new parliament coming up", he said, "and the Parliamentary machine
not having functioned since the Revolution, it is to everybody's advantage
that the Standing Orders, which the new parliament must adopt, are as in-
ternally consistent and free from disharmony and ambiguities as possible",
Sir Charles said the Standing Orders of both the Grenada House of Represent-
atives and Senate are being revised and, since his arrival here on .ugust
20th the House Draft Document had been completed. The Senate Draft Docu-
ment, he said, presents less problems and that would be completed by the time
he left Grenada on September 1st*
The Standing Orders, S$r Charles explained, "st rt at the beginning" with
rules for election of the Speaker and the manner of taking the Oath. A-
mong other things, they also cover the wa; in which debates are conducted,
the p.:'.'?-s of the Speaker, and they set out the process by which aBill is
Sir Che-les, who was knighted in 1981 and who retired last year as Clerk of
the House of Commons, said the permanent staff of the House of Commons is
divided into csveral departments employing some 800 persons,
"My department of Clerk of the House", he said, "numbered about 120 of whom
half were 'clerks', that is, people like myself who were competent to advise
the Speaker and the Chairmen of Committees and Mcmbers in general of proced-
ure of the House".
The Sergeant-at-arms Department is responsible for security of the House of
c~mmcns, Sir Charles said, and, in recent years, security has become of
"The first really unpleasant incident we had", he said,."was in the late
1960s when a visitor in the Public Gallery threw some tear gas bombs into
the Chamber. I was there then and I was also there when a young lady, the
c-aughter of the prime Minister of Malta, came into the public Gallery with
very voluminous skirts under which were concealed some bags of hc se manurett"
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She threw this manure into the Chamber, Sir Charles said, some landing on
the table, and it was, he thought, an expression of the young lady's opin-
ion of the speeches then being made.
CANADIAN HIGH CCTMISSIONER VISITS
The Canadian Government has signed an agreement with the Government of Gre-
nada to provide EC$14 million as grant aid towards the International Air-
port Project at point Saline,
Signing on ";ugust 31st on behalf of the Canadian Government was Mr. Noble
power, Barbados based Canadian High Commissioner to Grenada while Mr. Nich-
olas Brathwaite, Chairman of the Interim Government, signed on behalf of
In an interview with NEWSLETTER on September 1st, Mr. Power said the Agree-
ment has two parts.
The first part is a Manngeme-nt Contract", he said, "and we already have in
Grenada a Cn.-ndian Advisor, to the Airport Manager, Mr. Eric Davison".
Over the next several months, Mr. power said, Mr. Davison will have with
him a team of experts from the Canadian Ministry of Transport who will help
to train local personnel in marketing, finances, operations and maintenance
and other important areas.
The second part of the Agr'ement, which involves the larger part of the
grant, covers Capital Assistance, Mr. power said.
'This will consist of the provision of navigational aids equipment, con-
struction of sea defences, installation of a sewerage plant, paving of the
'aprons' and part of the landing strip, landscaping and a number of other
components", he said.
While in Grenada Mr. Power had discussions with Mr. Brathwaite and other
members of the Interim Government with reference to Canadian Aid Projects
now in effect in Grcnadrt.
These include the Can$15 million Cocoa Rehabilitation project which Mr.
power said has reached an "interim phase".
"That project is continuing with the disease and pest control", he said,
"with farmer extension work and with replanting of acreage. Its second
phase is about to begin and the project will probably go on for another
Another important Canadian project is the Central Garage which will service
all Government vehicles. Mr. power said he visited it on August 31st and
is ple-z3-d with the progress being made.
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"I did not find any hitches", he said, "and this project is likely to go
on for two or three years".
The High Commissioner said he found it difficult to say when it would be
completed because it includes training for'Gr~nadiqn personnel and with
constantly changing technology, the need for further training arises. How-
ever, he thought the plant would be completed in about 2 and a half year
;]W EEC DELECt.TE VISITS
Negotiations for a new treaty between the 10 member states of the European
Economic Community (EEC) and the 64 African, Pacific and Caribbean count-
ries (APC) are nearing completion and should be finalised within a matter
This was disclosed in an interview on ..uguet 30th by Mr& Keith Shaw, re-
cently appointed EEC delegate who arrived here on August 27th for a 3-day
"We're hoping this will be finalised and signed before the end of the year",
Mr. Shaw said, "and that treaty will be known as 'LoJ.e 3'."
The EEC deleCte said the. treaty will settle the amounts of money which the
APC countries will receive in aid and, while it is not possible to say now
what these amounts will be, the hope is that they will not be less than
those made available under Lome 2.
During his stay in Grenada, Mr. Sh.rw visited Grenada's sister island of
Carriacou where the EEC is to-fi' ancing, with the Government of Grenada,
construction of a jetty at the capital town of Eillsborough. This jetty,
which should be completed by the end of October, will cost EC$1.2 million.
Mr. Shaw paid courtesy calls on Govcrnor General Sir Paul Scoon and on Mr.
richolas Brathwaite, Chairnan of the Interim Governrbents He also had dis-
cussions with senior Government officials relative to projects on which the
.C is providing assistance.
These projects include the rebuilding and resurfacing of the main road which
connects St. George's with the island's second town Grenville. This road,
approximately 20 miles long, runs along the eastern coast and the first
phase of the project has already been completed at a cost of EC$6.6 million.
The cost of this project is being shared with the Government of Grenda on
a 50/50 basis. The second (and final) phase of the project recently start-
ed, will cost EC35.6 million, and is estimated to be completed in 18 months.
'-. Shnw said discussions are now taking place with the Government of Gre-
:-a relative to EEC assistance wiith further road projects in the nsl-md
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Other projects receiving EEC assistance in Grenada are construction of a
series of Community Centres and of an agriculturall Training School. And,
soon to be started are the reconditioning of the Public Library building
in St. George's and construction of a building to house the Institute of
Mr. Bob Visser, EEC Representative resident in Grenada, said the island has
received considerable assistance from EEC under the STABEX plan. Under
that plan, developing countries are given grants when export earnings have
fallen short of expectations.
"Last December", he said, "we paid ECS3.5 million to Grenadian farmers un-
der the STABEX plan, and the amount that will be paid out in about 2 months
because of short falls in 1983, will be EC$2.5 million.
In addition to assistance with national programmes and projects, Mr. Visser
said, Grenada benefits from regional programmes under which more than one
Caribbean country is involved.
These include funding for the campaign to eradicate the "Moco" disease in
the banana industry, the financing of the purchase of 4 new Avro aircraft
for LIAT and the repair and construction of buildings for the University
of the West Indies.
Mr. Show, whose responsibilities as EEC delegate extend "effectively", to
Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guy-na, re-
turned to his base in Trinidad on August 30th.
ST. PAUL FOR CHURCH?
Chief Ma.istrate Lyle St. Paul may leave the Bench and enter the Church.
He disclosed this on August 21st shortly after giving notice that he will
not hear a case 3gqinst former Commissioner of police lan St. Bernard be-
cause the evidence in that case would be the same as the evidence on which
Mr. St. Bernard was discharged on a charge of murder.
"I'm getting quite fed up with the practice of law", he said, "and I'm
thinking seriously of giving my services to the Church".
Mr. St. Paul said the world would be a better place if people would only
respect other people's rights, and he commented that he "dislikes politics
as much as I hate kidney stones".
"Don't you ever try to oppress anyone", Mr. St. Paul advised, "or one day
you will be oppressed. And, try a little love. Not the love you get on
a dark street corner at night, but God love".
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The Magistrate said love is his "hobby horse and, as he dcjcurned the
Court he said, "I call on you, all of youi to love".
GRENADI.N CETS SCHOL.,RSHIP
Mr. Charles McIntyre, President of the Grenada Chamber: of Industry and
Commerce, said in an interview on September 4th that, through the efforts
of his orginisation, Mr. Joseph Brown, 27, a young Grenadian has been a-
warded a scholarship to attend Altos de Chavonf the School of Design in
the Dominican Republics
"The scholarship is being given by Mr and Mrs Donald.and Barbara Jones,
United States citizens resident in the U.S.", Mtr McIntyre said, "and this
covers tuition, registration and lodging fees over the scholarship period1'.
Altos de Chavon is a college of visual arts operating in conjunction with
Parsons of School of Design, New York and National Pedro Hendriques Urena
in Santo Domingo.
The college offers a 2-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Fashion
Design, Grophic and Advertising Design, Fine Arts and Illustration, Inter-
ior Design, and Crafts. Mr. Brown's studies will be in Graphic and Advert-
According to Mr. Steve Kaplan, Director of Arts/Education at Altos de Chavon
Mr. Brown was selected from a field of 4 candidates because of his "except-
ional talent" demonstrated by his admissions portfolio,
M.P. ACCIDENTALLY SHOOT? YOUTH
Master Ernest John, a-,13 year old Grenadian youth, was accidentally shot
on August 2,1st by an American Military policeman serving in Grenada with
the peacekeeping Force.
According to a release from the Un'ted States Information Service, the ac-
cident apparently occurred as the Military policeman was cleaning his .45
Master John was taken to the Princess Alice Hospital in St. Andrews where
he was pronounced diad by Dr. Lawrence Gibbs.
The Royal Grenada Police Force is conducting an investigation into this ac-
cident and Ambassador Loren Lawrence, Charge d'Affairs of the U.S. Embassy
here has ordered the.Criminal Investigation Division of the United States
-rmy to cooperate with this investigation.
Week Ending 8/9/84 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER FPge 27
1.Ml.S. "YARMOUTH" C.LLS
The British anti-submarine frigat., H.M.S. "YARMOUTH" arrived here on Aug-
ust 27th under the command of Commander Terry Taylor for a 4-day visit.
This ship which has a complement of 196 officers and men, played an import-
ant role in the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982.
"Yarmouth", then under the command of Commander A. Morton arrived in the
Falklands late in April 1982 and immediately found herself in the action
as part of the protective escort for the aircraft carriers "Harmes" and
"Invincible". When the destroyer "Sheffield" was hit on May 4th, "Yar-
mouth" helped fight the fire and take survivors off when the ship was ab-
On May 9th, "Yarmouth" returned to the still floating :"heffield" end, for
29 hours, much of the time in daylight and within range of enemy aircraft,
took the destroyer in tow until she sank in a gale.
"Yarmouth" was part of the amphibious landing operation which took place
in the early hours of 21st May 19C82 in San Carlos water. She was also
part of the operation to bomb port Stanley airfield and the clandestine
landing of special units.
Arising out of the Falklands operation, Commander Morton was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross, the citation noting that he moulded "Yarmouth"
into a most effective fighting unit. She was in the thick of the action,
the citation says, and it is remarkable that she came through the operation
During the visit of "Yarmouth" to Grenada, Commander Taylor was expected to
call on Governor-General Sir Paul Scoon, Nichol3s Brathwaite, Chairman of
the Interim Government and Lieutenant Colonel Nestor Ogilvie, Commander of
the Caribbean Peacekeeping Force.
A ster Hughes Cynthia Hughes j
8th September 1984
printed & Published by the proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street, St. Georges, Grenada, Westindies