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With the passing of ANR
Robinson, T&T, the Caribbean
and the global community have
lost a true son and patriot, said
former Jamaican prime minister
PJ Patterson in his tribute to this
country s former president and
Patterson, who described Robin-
son as "a deeply committed region-
alist," recalled: "His insistence in
the 1989 Conference of Heads of
Governments in Grenada that the
region place greater emphasis on
the development of its human
resources was most insightful, since
the world was entering what we
now recognise as an age driven by
"It led to a re-awakening of the
consciousness of the pivotal role
of the University of the West Indies
and firm agreement to maintain it
as a regional institution indefinite-
ly."Patterson said Robinson had a
keen interest in international affairs
and his proposal for an interna-
tional criminal court to deal with
crimes against humanity was so
revolutionary that very few people
gave it a chance. He said the idea
seemed doomed when the United
States withdrew support.
"But ANR was absolutely con-
vinced, not only of the correctness
of his proposal, but that the timing
was absolutely right. In his quiet,
dignified and persuasive way, ANR
maintained the solidarity of his
Caricom colleagues and strategi-
cally secured the support of key
heads of states and governments
across different regions of the
"That the International Criminal
Court (ICC) was established with
the adoption of the Statute of
Rome in 1998 and made opera-
tional with its ratification on July
1, 2002, is perhaps the finest tes-
timony to vision, persuasiveness,
fortitude and courage."
The former prime minister also
noted the fact that Robinson came
from a small island with few facil-
ities in the period of the Great
Depression and World War II but
was able to equip himself well for
his future career, so that by age 30
he was a barrister-at-law and
"I consider myself fortunate to
have known ANR and to have seen
him operate at close range. We
worked closely together during the
Jamaat al-Muslimeen coup attempt
in 1990 when, due to the illness
of the late Most Honourable
Michael Manley, I served as acting
prime minister and chaired the
Caricom Conference of Heads in
"It is in that spirit that I convey
my condolences on his transition
to his family, the Government and
people of Trinidad and Tobago and
his dearly beloved Tobago."
Patterson pays tribute
to 'committed regionalist'
Funeral details: APRIL 14--MAY 2
8 am--4 pm: Official condolence
books will be available at
Parliament, THA's legislative
chamber, the Roxborough District
Inland Revenue Office, T&T's
overseas diplomatic missions and
the city and borough corporations
in Port-of-Spain, San Fernando,
Arima, Chaguanas and Point Fortin
6 am--6 pm: Body lies in state in
flag-draped, unopened casket at
the Rotunda of the Red House,
Abercromby St, Port-of-Spain
Body will be carried in a military
procession with full honours from
Clark and Battoo Funeral Home to
the National Academy for the
Performing Arts (Napa) for a state
ecumenical service. The route will
be lined by members of the
protective services and uniformed
youth groups. Body will lie in state
in Napa's eastern lobby until 3 pm.
6 am--6 pm: Body lies in state at
the Tobago House of Assembly's
(THA) Legislative Chamber,
Thanksgiving Service at a venue to
Military cortege in procession
through the streets of Scarborough
with members of the protective
services and national uniformed
youth groups lining the route.
Committal and burial at the
Scarborough Methodist Cemetery
with full military honours.
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