Grenadan Governor General Paul Scoon told the island's people last night that he will appoint an interim administration in the next few days, pending "an early return to full constitutional government" through elections.
A brief radio address by Scoon came as the Caribbean states that last week requested U.S. military intervention in Grenada, lifted the economic and political sanctions they had invoked against the island in the days before Tuesday's invasion.
In his address over the newly named Spice Island Radio--formerly Radio Free Grenada--Scoon said that government offices and schools will reopen on Monday, and he urged businesses to do the same "as from today," to speed the return to normality on the eastern Caribbean island.
The 2,000-member Grenadan People's Revolutionary Army, routed by U.S. forces that are now conducting mopping-up operations, will be formally disbanded, Scoon said.
As Queen Elizabeth's personal representative in the Commonwealth state, Scoon, 48, is recognized as the sole legal authority on the island by the United States and the six Caribbean states that also sent troops.
Scoon made no mention of having requested the military intervention.
Caribbean leaders have said that they received a secret communication from him approving the contemplated intervention, and this has emerged as a key point in the debate over the legal justification for the U.S. action.
Last night's address, which had been expected Thursday, was Scoon's first public statement since he was rescued from house arrest by U.S. forces on Wednesday and flown to an aircraft carrier.
Scoon has been back in Grenada since yesterday, although it was not announced exactly when or how he returned.
The interim administration, Scoon said, "will comprise persons of integrity and ability," and he added: "Let it be clearly understood that this will not be an administration of politicians." He did not name any individuals being considered.
Scoon gave no timetable for elections, but reportedly has told U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar that he hopes they can be conducted within six months. The governor general referred to an "incredible amount of foreign sophisticated weapons" provided to the Grenadan Army and ordered any soldiers still holding arms to surrender them.
Scoon also asked citizens to remain indoors between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The death of prime minister Maurice Bishop, several Cabinet members and uninvolved adults and children in the military coup had outraged local citizens and people abroad, Scoon said.
"I must thank the countries involved for coming to our assistance so readily and I call upon you, the people of Grenada, to give your fullest cooperation to the peace-keeping force," he said.
Last night, leaders from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, which had requested the invasion, met in Barbados to be briefed by U.S. military officers and to take stock of the operation's progress.
Eugenia Charles, prime minister of Dominica and chairman of the regional group, told the Caribbean News Agency today that the group had decided to lift a ban on flights by the regional airline LIAT to Grenada and to lift the financial sanctions that had been imposed 10 days ago.
The group had also resolved not to sit down in any regional forum with the military council of Gen. Hudson Austin, which overthrew Bishop, she said.
Last night's meeting here was also attended by Barbadan Prime Minister Tom Adams and Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Jamaica and Barbados were the only two Caribbean states outside the OECS to take part in the intervention.