Brussels, 7 March 2012/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat has conveyed its deep condolences over the recent death of former Prime Minister of Grenada Hon. George Ignatius Brizan, who will be laid to rest in a state funeral on 16 March in the Caribbean country’s capital, St George’s.

He passed away on 18 February 2012 at age 69.

Hon. Brizan was known as an international statesman, a historian, an author and an educator, as well as being the founding father of the ruling National Democratic Congress party. In the course of his prominent political career, he served as Prime Minister of Grenada for several months in 1995.

He also served as President of the ACP Council of Ministers and Co-President of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers in 1994, a period which saw the commencement of the Mid-Term Review of the Lomé IV Convention. Hon Brizan has sat in various meetings of the ACP Group while holding ministerial portfolios in his country.

Information from the Embassy of Grenada in Brussels states that the body of the former Prime Minister will lay in state at the Grenada Trade Center on 15 March from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

The memorial service will be held the following day at 11.00am at the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Roman Catholic Church in St Paul’s, with the interment at Central Cemetery in St George’s.

The Embassy of Grenada, located Avenue Molière 183 in Uccle, will open a book of condolences on Friday 9 March from noon until 4.00pm and on Monday 12 March from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

(Pictured: Former Prime Minister Hon. George Brizan in 1995/ Photo: Grenada Government website)

– ACP Press