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Thursday, October 02, 2003 – Secretary General of CARICOM Honourable Edwin Carrington has extended his condolences to the Government and people of Saint Lucia on the passing of the Mr. George Odlum former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Honourable Carrington described the late Mr. Odlum as an outstanding political figure who served his country - Saint Lucia - with distinction. “He will be remembered for his passion for the causes, which he espoused, not least of which was the empowerment of the people, urging them to participate fully in the process of governance. Regarded as a political, social and cultural icon in the life of Saint Lucia, he was charismatic, eloquent and a consummate master of communication, both in speaking and writing. As we mourn his loss, we cannot but recognise the indelible impression he has left on the political life and development of his country.”

According to Honourable Carrington, Mr. George Odlum also pursued with unwavering commitment the full development of the peoples of the Caribbean region. “As a consequence, his vision for and support of the regional integration process was never in question. He was tireless in his efforts for the improvement of the quality of life not only for his fellow Saint Lucians, but for all Caribbean peoples. He was, for example, one of the region’s leading and most persistent exponents on the debilitating effects, of the erosion of trade preferences for the region’s banana industry on the livelihood of the people.

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