Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Wednesday paid tribute to former President of Haiti, His Excellency René Préval, who died suddenly in his homeland last week.
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In a message of condolence, the Secretary-General described the former two-term Haitian President as astute, a consummate politician, quiet, unpretentious Caribbean statesman and Haitian patriot who never lost his common touch. With reference to his role in the Community, President Préval met CARICOM Heads of Government during his first term in office, and initiated the process which led to Haiti’s membership of CARICOM, the Secretary-General recalled. Ambassador LaRocque said that President Prévalwill be remembered “by all who knew him and those who worked closely with him as a fair and kind man, who respected the rule of law and understood the importance of executing the highest standard of democracy for the benefit of securing a stable and advanced Haitian society.”
Please see the full message below:
On behalf of the Caribbean Community, I express sincere condolences to the family, Government and People of Haiti on the passing of His Excellency Mr. René Préval, former President of the Republic of Haiti. (more…)