ST. GEORGES, Grenada -- Gloria Payne-Banfield, a former Cabinet secretary in the government of Sir Eric Gairy, will be appointed Grenada's new ambassador to the United Nations, a government source said Monday.
The source said the interim government running Grenada since a coup last October agreed to name Ms. Payne-Banfield to the U.N. post to replace Caldwell Taylor, the representative of the deposed government headed by Maurice Bishop.
Bishop, who toppled the Gairy government March 13, 1979, was overthrown last October by an extremist faction within his Cabinet and executed Oct. 19. The United States invaded Grenada and overthrew the radical regime, backing the installment of the current interim government.
Taylor has remained at his U.N. post as Grenada's representative since the coup, the only Bishop appointee to do so.
Nicholas Brathwaite, chairman of the interim government, said Taylor was dismissed late last year but retained his right to attend General Assembly meetings 'because of the intricacies of U.N. regulations.'
Ms. Payne-Banfield, in addition to her post in the Gairy regime, was Bishop's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and currently holds the post of counsellor at Grenada's mission to the United Nations.