Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne has paid tribute to former Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Sir James Mitchell, describing him as a committed regionalist.
Sir James Mitchell passed away on Tuesday and according to media reports in St Vincent and the Grenadines, he had been ailing in recent weeks.
Mitchell, who was 90 at the time of his passing, was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados after being diagnosed with dengue and a number of other health-related conditions, according to reports from St Vincent and the Grenadines.
In remembering the former Prime Minister, Minister Browne said
Prime Minister Mitchell represented his country at several levels including as Premier of St Vincent and as Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Minister said, the late PM Mitchell also served his country in several other capacities including that of Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Browne said he was, “a passionate and committed regionalist and a strong advocate of Caribbean integration. He leaves this as his legacy, not only to St Vincent and the Grenadines but also to the Caribbean Community.”
The Minister added, “Our region owes a great debt of gratitude to this most distinguished son of St Vincent and the Grenadines. May Sir James’s soul rest in eternal peace.”
Mitchell served as the second Premier of St Vincent and the Grenadines from 1972 to 1974.
He was also the second Prime Minister of the island from 1984 to 2000.