The late Right Honourable George Cadle Price, Prime Minister of Belize
Nassau, Bahamas - The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Rt Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham offered the following statement on September 20th, 2011 on the passing of the Right Honourable George Cadle Price, Prime Minister of Belize:
It is with
sadness that I learned of the death yesterday of the Rt. Honourable
George Cadle Price, the first Prime Minister of an independent Belize
who was considered the “Father of the Nation” and was one of the
principal architects of its independence.
On my own behalf
and that of my colleagues and the Government and people of The Bahamas
I offer condolences to the family of the former Prime Minister as well
as to the Government and people of Belize.
In 1961 George
Price became First Minister of Belize (then known as British Honduras)
subsequently serving as Premier after the attainment of internal self-rule.
In 1981 after independence he became Prime Minister. Having served
as Prime Minister and in Opposition since 1981 he retired from active
politics in 1996.
In 2002, for
his service to Belize, George Price became the first person to receive
his country’s highest honour, the Order of National Hero. He was also
conferred with the Order of the Caribbean Community for his service
to Caricom and the people of the Caribbean and received various honours
from a number of governments in the Caribbean and Central America.
joins the Belizean people, Member States of Caricom, and the wider Caribbean,
as well as the regional and international community in expressing profound
gratitude for the life of George Price and the role he played in the
promotion of human dignity, human rights and human development throughout
He was a fine
son of Belize and the Caribbean and a true citizen of the world.