UN chief saddened by passing of Trinidad and Tobago’s former President

Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson of Trinidad and Tobago addresses the 45th session of the General Assembly (4 October 1990). UN Photo/John Isaac

11 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the Trinidad and Tobago's former President, A.N.R. (Ray) Robinson, who died on Wednesday at age 87.

“The Secretary-General is saddened by the passing of a champion of international justice and one of the main architects of the International Criminal Court,” said Ban Ki-moon’s Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, in a news statement.

President Robinson is internationally recognized for his proposal, during the 44th session of the UN General Assembly in 1989, to create a permanent court to hear cases involving the international drug trade, which eventually led to the inauguration of the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, Netherlands. “The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Robinson family and to the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

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