Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 August 2008

Zambia / Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General on the death of the President of Zambia


 

Zambia / Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General

on the death of the President of Zambia

 

 

NEW YORK, USA, August 20, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the death of

His Excellency Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, President of Zambia and

Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community. He conveys

his profound condolences to President Mwanawasa’s family, and to the

people and Government of Zambia, at this difficult time.

 

As Vice-President and later President, Mr. Mwanawasa was at the

forefront of Zambian politics at a time of exceptional challenge and

change in his country and in the southern African region as a whole. His

periods in office ranged from Zambia’s crucial role in the struggle to

end apartheid in South Africa, to his firm stance, as SADC Chairman, on

the post-election crisis in Zimbabwe. In the latter context, the

Secretary-General greatly valued his frequent interaction with him over

the past few months. The Secretary-General wishes the people of Zambia

and the region courage and fortitude in the time ahead.

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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