Esteemed Cde. Tikhonov
It is a special honour for my delegation
and I to have the
opportunity to visit your great and heroic country.
Our Party, Government and people have
looked forward to this
visit with great anticipation and enthusiasm.
I wish to express our deep appreciation
for the invitation, and
for the excellent arrangements that have been made for our reception.
I bring you warmest fraternal greetings
from the New Jewel Movement,
the People’s Revolutionary Government and the entire working people of
We wish, too, that you convey all of these
greetings to your
respected leader and world statesman Leonid Brezhnev.
We look forward with the greatest interest
to the coming days in
your country, to see at first hand the tremendous achievements of
(65) years of People’s Power, to witness the process of building
socialism and to share in your rich experiences.
We are particularly pleased to have the
realisation of this visit
in the year that you are celebrating sixty (60) years since the
founding of the
first Workers and Peasant State in the history of mankind.
The profound and revolutionary ideas,
leadership and work of
Lenin, founder of your State, and the force of example of the Great
Socialist Revolution guided by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union,
changed forever the life of working people throughout the world.
No one can deny that the Russian
Revolution struck a most
fundamental blow in the battle to end exploitation of man by man.
Time and again we have seen the Soviet
people meet and defeat
every attempt of imperialism to wipe out the gains of the Great October
Your victories have demonstrated that no
force exist (sic) in the
world that can reverse the powerful current of revolutionary changes
the Great October Socialist Revolution.
We have learnt from your experiences that
once the Revolution is
firmly grounded in the working class and working people, keeps daily
with them through their popular organs of power and brings them
benefits, and honestly works to solve their problems, we can be assured
continuity and development.
It is a fact of history, that as a result
of the victory of the
Soviet Union over Nazi Fascism, a revolutionary situation developed in
parts of the world.
This heroic achievement radically shook
one of the main pillars
of imperialism’s might and wealth – the colonial system of bondage and
It triggered a chain reaction which
involved millions of people
in the struggle to end colonialism.
All former colonial peoples must be indeed
greatful (sic) for the
staunch and principled support that the Soviet people have given to the
against colonialism and its attendant evils of Fascism,
In our region of the world this
fundamental change first came in
1959 with the success of the Cuban Revolution.
Twenty (20) years later the peoples of
Grenada and Nicaragua,
have added their voices to that call for freedom, independence and
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dear Cde. Tikhonov
March 13th, 1979
saw a bright new dawn to the people
of Grenada and the working people of the Caribbean.
On that day our people ended 28 years of
dictatorship which had left us in a most backward and under-developed
In the three years since that date, our
working people, led by
their vanguard the NEW JEWEL MOVEMENT, have set about the long and
of national construction.
Today we are forging a new people’s
democracy – a process that we
are convinced will contribute fundamentally to our goal of economic
and social progress, and guide our country as we set out on the path of
New organs of popular revolutionary
democracy enable the
Grenadian working people to participate directly in the daily exercise
The rapid growth of our mass organisation
has been a major
feature of this development of our democratic process.
At this time 8 out of every 10 workers are
unionized, one in
every 4 of our women belong to the National Women’s Organisation, one
5 youth to the National Youth Organisation and one in every 8 farmers
Productive Farmers Union.
The Grenadian Revolution has taken steps
to lay the foundation to
set our process on the non-capitalist path of development, in order to
disengage our economy from the imperialist domination we have inherited.
Already enterprises of the state and
cooperative sectors have
been established in this process of disentanglement.
In addition we have introduced the policy
of national planning
into our programme of economic development.
For first time in 1982 there is a one year
And work has already started on 1983-1985,
our first three year
We are committed to the building of a new
and just society in our
country based on the fundamental pillars of raising the political
of our people and guaranteeing their full participation in all spheres
nation-building; the development of a national defense capacity based
people; construction of a national economy that will ensure the
well-being and complete material and spiritual security of our people
future elaboration of foreign policy that stressed the pursuit of
neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence, and end to the arms race, to
imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, fascism, apartheid, racism
Allied with this is our determination to
pursue the search for a
new international economic order, and our firm commitment to the
liberation movements, the inter-national working class movement and the
development of the closest relations with the world socialist community.
Dear Cde. Tikhonov,
There can be no doubt that the most urgent
facing mankind at this time is World Peace.
Human civilisation as we know it is
imperiled by the most
reactionary imperialist circles bent on a policy of massive arms
buildup as a
response to the growing strength of the world socialist community, the
movement of the progressive forces and the National Liberation Movement
ever-deepening world capitalist crisis.
They threaten the world with their neutron
bombs, their cruise
missiles and their lunatic concept of limited nuclear war.
They seek to use food and trade as weapons.
They openly threaten to blockade, boycott
and impose trade and
credit sanctions on the socialist and progressive countries.
They even threaten and attempt to bully
their own allies.
By these means the most reactionary
imperialist circles are
determined to pursue their frantic but futile quest for world
This is in marked contrast to the policy
of the Soviet Union.
We are aware, that from 1917 beginning
with the declaration of
Lenin’s Peace Plan, your country has consistently worked for world
peaceful co-existence and détente.
This policy was borne out in the Great
Patriotic War during which
20 million Soviet citizens died to defeat Hitlerite Fascism and to
The subsequent post war struggle for a
democratic peace remains a
glowing tribute to the humanism of the Soviet system.
Recent courageous peace initiatives have
shown that peace still
occupies the number one place in Soviet foreign policy.
We applaud the peace initiative announced
by Cde. Leonid Brezhnev
at the 26th Congress of the Communist Party of
the Soviet Union.
We endorsed the reiteration and
development of this initiative
announced at the 19th Komosol Congress.
The people of Grenada gladly welcomed the
Soviet Union’s pledge
announced at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on
not to be the first nation to launch a nuclear strike.
We earnestly hope that sanity will prevail
and that all nuclear
powers will emulate the Soviet Union’s decision.
For our part we in Grenada have advanced
the proposal that the
Caribbean Sea to
recognised as a zone of peace, independence and development.
But while peace loving people of the
world, daily look for new
ways to being peace, Zionist and Racist forces backed by imperialism
to provoke crisis after crisis.
We witness the continuing pillage of
genocidal aggression by
Zionist Israel against the people of Lebanon and Palestine.
We join with all of civilized mankind in
immediate withdrawal from Lebanese territory and a real and genuine
of the hostilities with adequate reparations for the loss of life and
suffered by the people of Lebanon.
We believe strongly that the time is
overdue for the
international community to find a truly effective way of putting a
final end to
the continuing acts of flagrant and despicable banditry being pursued
Zionist Israel in total disregard of world public opinion.
Our sympathy, solidarity and support go
out today to the people
of Lebanon, the Palestinian Armed Forces and to the other Arab peoples.
We are confident that their day of
self-determination and lasting peace will come without a doubt.
Imperialism is making every effort to keep
reactionary forces in
Central America and the Caribbean in power.
Providing money, weapons and military
advisers, every attempt is
made to force the brave people of El Salvador to their knees.
Imperialist threats, repression and secret
service operations are
directed against socialist Cuba, against the social development
Nicaragua and Grenada, in order to intimidate the people of these
undo their revolutionary victories.
Grenada has been subjected to repeated
international campaign by
U.S. Imperialism to block assistance from regional and international
Even funds for disaster relief have been
blocked and used as an
excuse for slander and destabilisation activities.
We have suffered from the most crude forms
economic and military destabilisation.
But the revolution in Latin America and
the Caribbean cannot be
Our struggles are deeply rooted in the
masses of our country, and
all acts of sabotage and destabilisation only serve to strengthen the
determination of our people to succeed.
Dear Cde. Tikhonov,
Today our two countries signed various
agreements of economic,
scientific and cultural cooperation.
These agreements are very wide ranging and
world have strategic
impact on the further development of the Grenada Revolutionary Process.
We wish to thank you most sincerely for
the comradely spirit in
which the discussions were held.
The generous conclusions that we arrived
at is another example of
the internationalism of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the
Soviet Socialist Republics and your people.
We sincerely look forward to exploring the
land of Lenin.
We expect that the coming days we would
further lay the basis for
lasting friendship and cooperation between our two countries and
Allow me to propose a toast!
TOWARDS GREATER FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION
BETWEEN THE SOVIET
UNION AND GRENADA!
TOWARDS WORLD PEACE, DISARMAMENT AND
THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION
AND THE NEW JEWEL
TOWARDS THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE THROUGHOUT
FORWARD EVER! BACKWARD NEVER!