Esteemed Comrade Honecker:
It is a signal honour, and a great
privilege for my delegation
and I to be guests in your illustrious country.
I wish to express my deep appreciation,
and that of my delegation
for the kind invitation extended to us to visit your country and for
excellent arrangements which have been made for our reception.
We have looked forward with great interest
to the realisation of
this visit and to see at first hand the process of building the
Grenadians have followed with deep
admiration the advances made
by the working people of your country guided by the Socialist Unity
Party of Germany
under your firm and committed leadership.
We feel confident that the decisions
adopted by the 10th
Congress of your Party will be achieved and will serve to further
the World Socialist System and the universal struggle for peace and
My delegation and I are particularly
pleased to be among a people
who, since the triumph of socialism, have consistently demonstrated in
terms, their deep internationalism.
Your record of solidarity with the
oppressed and exploited people
of the world; your unfailing support for just causes; for national
and revolutionary movements; are fitting tributes to the triumphant
the free German people under the guidance of your Party, have
the defeat of fascism.
Our revolutionary process in Grenada is
still very young.
In the short space of three (3) years
however, we have embarked
on the first stage of the path to socialist transformation.
Our Party and the working people of our
country, have together
begun to forge a new people’s democracy and to set our economy on a
non-capitalist path of development in order to disengage from the
domination which we have inherited.
We will continue to pursue a principled
policy and will carefully
examine all objective and subjective factors in seeking to construct
democracy for which our people have consistently struggled.
Since the triumph of our Revolution, our
Party has further
deepened its political and organisational work among the masses, and
organs of popular democracy enable the Grenadian working people to
directly in the daily exercise of people’s power.
Mass organisations and co-operatives have
grown more than then
(10) times since our people’s victory on March 13th,
Today 8 out of every 10 workers are
One in every seven farmers now belong to
the mass organisation of
One in every four women is a member of the
One in every give youths is a member of
the National Youth
Internationally, the Grenada Revolution
has pursued a firm
anti-imperialist policy standing side by side with those who oppose
colonialism, Zionism, racism, apartheid and fascism in all their
At the same time, we maintain a permanent
commitment to good
neighbourliness, friendship among peoples and the pursuit of peace.
As we meet here today, the very survival
of mankind if threatened
by the most aggressive imperialist circles.
The ever deepening world capitalist crisis
has seen these
imperialist circles respond by amassing even more weapons of mass
and by threatening ever more forcefully national liberation struggles.
In Europe their neutron bombs, cruise
missiles and lunatic
concept of limited nuclear war threaten the very survival of
civilisation as we
In Africa, Asia and the Middle East,
Zionist and racist forces,
in close collaboration with imperialism even in the face of the most
condemnation continue to murder toe people and ravage the land.
In our own region of Latin America and the
economic and propaganda aggression are daily employed against the
forces in the most brutal and vulgar way.
There can be no doubt that in this context
the pursuit of peace
is the single most important international issue.
This is why it is so urgent that the peace
programme put forward
at the 26th Consomol Congress by our dear friend
and champion of
peace, Comrade Leonid Brezhnev, be vigorously pursued. For our part, we
advanced the proposal that the Caribbean Sea be respected as a Zone of
Independence and Development.
We insist that each country should be free
to develop its own
process in accordance with the wishes of its people.
In recent times, imperialism has also
resorted to the use of food
and trade as new weapons in their attempts to seek world domination.
All the civilized peoples watch with
growing alarm the open
threats to blockade, boycott and impose trade and credit sanctions on
socialist and progressive countries.
In our case, they have gone to great
lengths to spread the most
vile disinformation about our revolutionary process and to attempt to
development assistance from international agencies.
Their slanderous propaganda has had its
effects on our tourist
trade and other aspects of our economy.
But imperialism must understand that the
Grenadian people have
traveled a long road to freedom and will not be intimidated.
They must know too that Grenada is not
Every attack upon us, every act of
sabotage or destabilisation
strengthen the determination of our people to succeed.
During the coming days, we look forward to
sharing and learning
from your experiences.
We know that you in the GDR who are at the
very frontier of
imperialism have successfully battled economic, political and
destabilisation, and have constructed a vibrant socialist democracy.
May the friendship and co-operation
between our two Parties,
Governments and Peoples grow from strength in the spirit of true
Permit me dear Comrade Honecker to raise a
toast to the Socialist
Unity Party of Germany, to GDR-Grenada Friendship, to world peace and
Forward Ever, Backward Never!