Rest In Peace: For­mer Trinidad and Tobago pres­i­dent, ANR Robin­son
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anr robinsonFor­mer pres­i­dent Arthur Napoleon Ray­mond Robin­son, who once told Trinidad and Tobago that he was com­mit­ted “with every­thing I have or shall have to the future of this land,” has died. He was 87.

Robin­son, the only per­son to have served as both head of state and prime min­is­ter died Wednes­day at the pri­vate St. Clair Med­ical Hos­pi­tal on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal where he had been a patient since March 8.

Caribbean Com­mu­nity (CARI­COM) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Irwin La Rocque, said despite the fact that the region knew of his ill­ness and hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, “his passing…still came as a shock.

“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,” La Rocque said.

The 15-​member regional group­ing in 1998 bestowed its high­est order, “the Award of the Order of the Caribbean Com­mu­nity (OCC) on Robin­son for his “dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the Caribbean region.

St. Lucia’s Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny Anthony said no one can deny Robin­son the acco­lade of states­man, say­ing his life was “a tire­less jour­ney in the pur­suit of jus­tice and equal­ity for all” recall­ing the role he played in the for­ma­tion of the Hague-​based Inter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice (ICJ).

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