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Grenada MP Wants Answers From U.S. On Maurice Bishop`s Body

CaribWorldNews, ST. GEORGE`S, Grenada, Tues. May 12, 2009:  An opposition parliamentarian in Grenada believes that the US is withholding vital information from Grenadian authorities on the location of the body of slain former leader, Maurice Bishop.

Senator Kennedy Roberts, who represents the New National Party in the Upper House of Parliament, says he wants answers in reference to the disappearance of the decomposed bodies that were found in a pit in the south of the island, when the US marines invaded the island in October 1983. Bishop`s body is believed to have been among those in the pit.

`The USA needs to come clean and say what happen to the bodies that were found at Calivigny in the immediate aftermath and fall of the revolution,` said Roberts. `We have a situation where up today the families of those persons still cannot give their love ones a burial.`

Roberts said, on Monday night as a guest on `Beyond the Headlines,` a popular Monday night talk show on the Grenada Broadcasting Network which is used to discuss and debate issues of national concern, that the Tillman Thomas administration needs to keep on asking the U.S., questions about the bodies.

Roberts said he believes that there are people who knew what happened to the bodies but are refusing to speak up.

`We know that there are reports that the bodies were removed by US soldiers,` he said. `We know of reports that they were handed over to a  burial agent after examination at St George’s University, we know that soldiers were ask if they had interference with the bodies and they said no. But I believe that there is more in the mortar besides the pestle and I urge this administration to keep on pressing and answers will come our way.`
Roberts was at the time expressing his view on the renaming of the Point Salines International Airport in memory of former Prime Minister Bishop, whose body was among those that disappeared in the aftermath of the Revolution.

`The location of the remains of the bodies of Bishop and the others will bring closure to the people of Grenada and I know for a fact that there are people who are alive that can say what happened to the bodies that were found during that period,` said the senator.

The remains of Bishop and others in his cabinet, who were killed on October 18th 1983, have never being found although there are many theories as to what happened to the bodies.

On May 29th, the birthday of Bishop, the international airport will be renamed the Maurice Bishop International Airport. – By Linda Straker/CWNN Grenada.