of course it did, and what thanks does it get?????????????
Walter Lippmann wrote:
> (Is this beyond incredible, or what???? Cuba contributed
> more than the United States of America to the building
> of this airport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
> GRENADA HERALD
> May 31, 2009
> http://tinyurl.com/memqxw <http://tinyurl.com/memqxw>
> Gonsalves to address Grenada airport renaming
> Point Salines Int'l Airport. * Photo credit: caribbeantravelweb.com
> ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, CMC -- St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime
> Minister Ralph Gonsalves is to deliver the feature address at
> Saturday's renaming ceremony for the Point Salines International Airport.
> Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation Minister Peter David has further
> disclosed that Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, as well as
> Cuba's Vice President Estenban Lazo Hernandez and an unnamed senior
> representative from Venezuela government, would also be in attendance.
> The airport will officially be renamed Maurice Bishop International
> Airport on Friday, May 29th but the ceremony to commission the new
> name will be held on Saturday, May 30th.
> The government spoken described the renaming as a celebration of the
> life of the slain former revolutionary Prime Minister, whose birth
> date was May 29th.
> "Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Hon Ralph Gonsalves,
> will deliver the keynote address while there will be remarks from
> others including Prime Minister Tillman Thomas who will also unveil
> the new sign," said David, who also confirmed that invitations were
> sent to all embassies in Grenada and honorary consulates.
> "We expect a good sprinkling of visitors from all over the region,
> including persons from the United Kingdom and the USA," he added.
> Thousands of Grenadians are expected to assemble at the airport
> compound for the historic ceremony which will begin at 1PM local time.
> The airport began construction during the reign of the People's
> Revolutionary Government, which was led by Bishop, and completed with
> assistance from the United States following the collapse of the
> revolutionary regime in 1983.
> Since the renaming announcement was made, it has sparked domestic
> controversy given Bishop's role in the revolutionary period.
> However, David, in justifying the decision of the Thomas
> administration, credited Bishop for the very significant role played
> in the construction of the airport which at the time of opening on
> October 28, 1984 for jet aircraft and night landings cost more than
> US$70 million.
> Funding countries included Cuba, which contributed US$33.6 million;
> the United States US$19 million; Canada US$6 million; Iraq and Libya
> US$5 million.
> The Grenada government contributed US$14.2 million.
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