Knight says Hoyte will be missed by the Caribbean Observer Reporter The Jamaica Observer - Tuesday, December 24, 2002



FOREIGN minister K D Knight yesterday expressed regrets at the passing of Desmond Hoyte, former president of Guyana and president of the People's National Congress and Leader of the Opposition.

"The name Desmond Hoyte is synonymous with post-colonial Guyana. He was unrelenting in his opposition to British colonial rule and equally forthright in his determination to achieve an independent Guyana," Knight said in a statement yesterday.

He added: "Quiet and unassuming, he rose through the ranks of his party to become its leader and the President of Guyana from 1985-1992. During the period of his presidency, he demonstrated in Caricom meetings his desire for more unified and focused approach to matters of interest to the people of the Caribbean. He always believed that a strong regional approach was the best way of leveraging the strengths of the Caribbean."

Hoyte, Knight said, will be severely missed by the Caribbean fraternity.