Today in History: Instability in Grenada Doomed Cuba’s Ally Reply

October 21, 1983:  Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) held an emergency meeting to discuss a military response to the deteriorating situation in Grenada. This meeting was followed on the 22nd by a joint OECS-CARICOM meeting, which effectively brought together the heads of almost all Caribbean nations. Guyana’s President, Forbes Burnham, an ally of the revolutionary governments in Grenada and Cuba, opposed any military intervention. The Bahamas, Belize, and Trinidad also opposed a military response, although all CARICOM members except Guyana agreed to economic sanctions. After the CARICOM meeting ended on 23 October, Burnham called Havana and told the Cuban government of the forthcoming OECS-sponsored military operation. The Guyanese President’s call corroborated information already collected by Cuban Intelligence.

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