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Monday, April 24, 2006

Grenada's Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has deemed the murder of Guyana's Minister of Agriculture, Satyadeo Sawh as "dread news, at this distressing period for our Caribbean Community".

The first Caricom head of government to publicly comment on Saturday night's slaughter of ther 50-year-old cabinet minister and three others, Mitchell said yesterday:

"Speaking for my government and the Grenadian people, this is certainly not the kind of development we need at this time when the focus must be on national unity and political stability".

Grenada, he noted has had "its bitter experiences in political killings, violence and instability. So we know how much it hurts for any sister state of our Community to now go through the very disturbing situation Guyana is experiencing".

As he spoke, Caricom's Foreign Ministers were in a closing plenary session at the conference centre of the Grenada Beach Resort and were expected to approve a statement denouncing the killing of the Guyanese minister and expressing their deep concerns.

Current Caricom chairman, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, could not be reached for a response.Â

Manning was yesterday involved in arrangements for the three-day official visit to the twin-island state by Jamaica's new Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, due there today on his invitation.

But Opposition Leader and chairman of the United National Congress (UNC) Basdeo Panday, said that the murder of Sawh was a dramatic demonstration of the level of violence that has now entered politics within Caricom.

In a national broadcast on Saturday evening, President Bharrat Jagdeo, whose government is treating the murder of Sawh as an act of planned "assassination", appealed:

"Let nobody succumb to this callous assassination by showing disrespect to fellow Guyanese. Instead", he said, "let us strengthen our commitment to each other..."

Arrangements were yesterday (Sunday) being finalised for cremation tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) of minister Sawh's body at the Good Hope Crematorium on the East Coast of Georgetown.

Anticipating thousands of mourners in attendance, the Guyana Police Force is planning tight security arrangements to avoid any disturbances, while continuing their round-the-clock investigations into the Saturday night slaugther by heavily armed gunmen at the East Coast home of the minister.