Desmond Hoyte mourned across the Commonwealth Publication date: 23/12/2002

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr Don McKinnon, today sent a letter of
condolence to the President of Guyana, HE Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, on hearing of the
death of former President of Guyana, Mr Desmond Hoyte.
The letter of condolence said:

"I have received with great shock and sadness the news of the death of Mr
Desmond Hoyte, former President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and
Leader of the Opposition People's National Congress/Reform party at his home
yesterday, 22 December, 2002. I write to offer you and the people of Guyana my
heartfelt condolences.

Mr Hoyte will be remembered as a man whose life was devoted to public service
and whose term in office was marked by his determination to return Guyana to
the path of democracy. He will be much remembered and mourned in the Caribbean
region. He will also be remembered in the Commonwealth for offering the
pristine rain forest of Iwokrama to the Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in 1989 for research, rehabilitation and sustainable
utilisation. The present reputation of Iwokrama as a multidisciplinary
international centre for the study of the environment is testimony to his
considerable foresight and statesmanship.

As the people of Guyana mourn the passing of Mr Hoyte, I pray that the
opportunity will be taken on all sides to resolve solemnly to work with
renewed momentum towards peace, stability and prosperity for all Guyanese. My
thoughts and those of my colleagues in Marlborough House are with you at this
difficult time.

am writing separately to Mrs Hoyte to extend my sincere condolences to her
and the rest of the bereaved family."

Mr Hoyte was 73 years of age when he died.