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  March 8, 2004

Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi has written to the Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, expressing condolences on behalf of the Organization of American States(OAS) on the death of the island’s former Prime Minister, Sir Harold Bernard St. John. Sir Harold died this past February 29.

“Sir Harold’s long and distinguished public service as Senator, Member of Parliament, Minister of Trade and Industry, and as Prime Minister from 1985-1986, became the foundation of a reputation as an elder statesman that reached beyond the Caribbean to the Commonwealth and throughout the Americas,” the Assistant Secretary General stated. “His keen intellect, his contributions to Caribbean integration, his expertise in trade matters, and his efforts on behalf of regional economic integration, not least his work on the Lomé Convention, all solidified the esteem in which he is held.”

Ambassador Einaudi asked Prime Minister Arthur to convey “heartfelt condolences to the wife and family of the former Prime Minister and to the Government and people of Barbados,” adding that Sir Harold’s memory “will be honored at the next meeting of the OAS Permanent Council.”

Reference: E-034/04