The Caribbean Community has lost one of its truly great sons who will always be remembered for his historic role at the landmark Grand Anse Meeting in 1989, where the decision was taken to significantly deepen our integration.
This from CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRoque, in a brief statement today in response to the passing of former Trinidad and Tobago President Arthur NR Robinson.
LaRocque said he was extremely saddened by the death of 87 year old Robinson who had been ailing for some time.
The former former prime minister died at the private St. Clair Medical Hospital where he had been a patient since March 8.
The Secretary General said “even though he had been hospitalised, it [news of his passing] came as a shock.
“To his family, and the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, I convey my deepest condolences,” the CARICOM top official said.
Robinson, who was shot in the leg and beaten during the attempt by members of the radical Jamaat Al Muslimeen group to overthrow his government in July 1990, had been confined to a wheel chair for several years.
In 2010, he suffered a convulsive seizure, fainting during a funeral, and had to be admitted to St Clair Medical for observation.
Robinson was the only person to serve as prime minister (1986-1991) and president (1997-2003) of Trinidad and Tobago.