On behalf of our party, the New Jewel Movement, our
and the people of Grenada, I want to thank M.E.P. (the Electoral
the People of Aruba), for extending such a generous invitation for me
delegation to be here.
I extend the fullest fraternal, cordial and sincerest
and congratulation tot he leaders, founders, officers and members of
the outstanding occasion of ten  years of your founding as a
We congratulate you also on the occasion of five years
launching of a flag and an anthem of the proud people of Aruba.
The formation of a popular people’s party, and the
both a flag and an anthem signify most clearly to all the world that
of Aruba are indeed serious and committed to the forward march for
self–determination and independence.
In Grenada you must know, that the people of Aruba have
deep assurance that in us they will always have a true friend, a true
a true supporter.
I am particularly happy and enthusiastic to be here,
in the party and Government of Grenada have a deep commitment to the
Caribbean independence and liberation, and as importantly, to Caribbean
integration, solidarity and cooperation.
It is our very firm view, that though we were
different masters, and therefore have had different colonial
have served to divide and separate us in order to rule us better, we
essentially and fundamentally one Caribbean people: hard–working,
democratic, progressive, anxious to have a better life, anxious to
own processes free from all forms of outside direction.
Under colonization, we were taught different languages,
European cultural traditions and we were encouraged to ape our
In addition, the long and bitter rivalries between
powers themselves, ensured that we did not have much opportunity for
with each other.
Thus, they carved up our region, and gave rise to
differences of language and alleged cultural difference, strengthened
by our geographic separation.
But many island states (such as the Seychelles and the
with some 600 islands) have shown that geographic barriers are in fact
Indeed, you the six  members of the Federation of
Netherland Antilles have given the world the next proof that despite
geographical separation, you are committed to and can, in fact, work
in the interest of all the people of the six  islands.
And it is for this and other reasons, that we believe
of the process of regaining our sovereignty in the Caribbean must
struggle to remove all artificial barriers.
Thus, one of our main concerns as an English–speaking
country is to actively develop the closest possible ties and
the Dutch–speaking, the French–speaking, the Spanish–speaking, and
American–speaking sister islands.
To this we are committed as a party, as a Government
and as a
I am particularly happy also today to be here, because
effect, has become a mini–gathering of the Socialist International.
It has provided an opportunity therefore to meet with
friends from the old days, in particular to meet once again with
Gallardo of Guatemala, a comrade who has been in the forefront of his
struggle, a man who has given his entire life to the struggle for his
man therefore this entire conference, I am sure, will want to go on
recognising the tremendous contribution that he has made over the years.
This conference also provides for me an opportunity to
the distinguished and illustrious Secretary General, Brother [Bernt]
of the Socialist International.
In approaching the question of development, we see it
ongoing scientific activity, having as its primary goals the attainment
fullest social, cultural, spiritual, political and economic potential of any people.
Particularly for poor, exploited and oppressed
countries of the
world, we see the task of development as one having both a political
economic dimension, and we say clearly then, that there is an
between economic transformation and political independence.
For us, there is a clear link between the price we pay
essential goods and services, and the political outlook of the ruling
Hence, we are convinced that there can be no strict
between politics and economics.
The two, inextricably linked, give rise to the
Indeed, this approach to the question of development is
indispensable to our very survival, being as we are, countries with
histories of colonial exploitation, backwardness and underdevelopment.
And, therefore, in any genuine effort to go forward,
standard of living for our people, moving from ignorance, superstition,
illiteracy, backwardness and widespread poverty, to jobs, decent
all the basic human needs of our people, we must register the greatest
political unity as poor nations in the struggle for economic and social
Small island states, such as Grenada, and no doubt
characterised by a variety of features considered “normal”
for poor underdeveloped countries. These include:
generally grossly uneven per capita incomes;
low level of
scientific and technological development,
as well as;
institutions and organizations designed for modern
In addition, small island states obviously have small
and small resource bases; countries falling into this category
generally have a
land sixe no larger than 500 sq. miles (approximately 1,200 sq. km.)
The limitations of such small land base are many,
need for much stricter economic and social use of the limited land.
Land use policies are therefore often indispensable to
housing, agricultural, recreational, and other developmental needs.
As we meet here to consider the political and economic
development of our micro–states, we must know that the world economy is
with an economic crisis of massive proportions.
In its more recent report on the world economic
International Monetary Fund [IMF] begins with the statement that, “The world economic picture is rather grim.”
The international monetary and economic crisis in the
western world is manifested in many ways:
in industrial output;
is also the
worsening of the balance of trade, especially
for the developing countries. It is accelerating
at a rate faster than recovery is possible.
environmental decay and industrial
pollution of land, of air, of sea, of rivers.
is too the
deterioration of the rural poor in particular
in developing countries; illiteracy rates are
actually increasing in some of there countries among
women. Malnutrition, famine, and
hunger are also on the
We in Grenada recognise the tremendous obstacles that
particularly as in addition to the economic crisis we also have to
increasing military threats and destabilisation of all forms against
Yet, our experience over 2 years has been concrete
proof that it
is possible to move forward and to make progress even in the face of
How is this possible?
Our experience has taught us that if the following
observed, then progress is possible even in the face of the most
with the people. Always tell the people the fact. Never attempt to fool
people. Never make the people believe that manna will fall from heaven.
attempt to raise their consciousness as to the reality of the world,
reality of our region, the reality of their own economy and in
difficulties that lie ahead.
We in Grenada are quite convinced that peace, peace in
and peace in the region, is essential for our development.
There can be no peace if there is rampant poverty,
and plunder of the poor of the world.
Equally, there can be no development without peace.
Because the resources of the world, the vast resources
world, must be used for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the
dispossessed of the world, we must have peace if we are to attain and
peaceful development and progress.
Grenada seeks no quarrels, Grenada seeks no
interferences, for we
have a firm belief in peaceful co–existence, in good neighbourliness,
respect for all; we believe firmly and passionately in the legal
all states regardless of size, in territorial integrity and in
We believe that we have a right to live in peace.
We have a right to develop our own resources for the
our own people, and not for the benefit of a tiny handful of
corporations around the world.
We believe we have a right to build our own economy,
free from the
strings of foreign aid dependency.
We have aright to live a life free from the threat of
power, nuclear threat, and destruction of our land and sea resources.
We have a right to develop relations with whomever we
long as the people of our countries want these relations.
We have a right to be free of tensions, free of fears,
instability, free of the threat of mercenary or other invasions, free
This is why Grenada in November 1979, initiated in the
Organization of American States [OAS], a resolution calling on all in
region to strictly respect the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
We want to repeat today:
Our call for disarmament,
Our call for detente,
Our call for resumption of Salt II talks,
Our call for peaceful co–existence and mutual respect
And, Mr. Chairman, today in Aruba on your soil, on this
occasion, in the presence of so many illustrious fighters for the
their people, Grenada firmly renews this call and pledges to do all in
power to obtain these lofty objectives.
As we say in Grenada:
A people that is united,
conscious, organised, and vigilant can never be defeated.