One week after the death of former Deputy Prime Minister Seymour Mullings, the permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) stopped all business for a moment of silence in honour of the outstanding Jamaican.
The late Mullings, a former ambassador to the United States, also served as Jamaica's permanent representative to the OAS between 2001 and 2004.
In his tribute, Jamaica's permanent representative to the OAS, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, noted that Mullings served with honour and humility and played a strong leadership role in promoting the interest of Jamaica within the OAS.
Vasciannie said Mullings will be remembered for his calm diplomacy, sound judgement, and determined support for CARICOM development imperatives.
He was supported by Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, who said Jamaica has lost an outstanding diplomat and statesman.
Mullings died on Thursday, October 10 at age 82, after a long illness.
He will be accorded an official funeral by the Government of Jamaica this Thursday, October 24, starting at 11:00 a.m. The service will be held at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Claremont, St Ann.