UN Alliance of Civlizations mourns Mandela's passing

New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, on Friday in New York said the Alliance was deeply saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.

In a statement obtained by PANA at the UN headquarters in New York, Mr. Al-Nasser
described Mandela as "an icon and a true leader who had transformed South Africa
into a land of diversity and co-existence after decades of struggle for freedom, justice
and equality".

He also expressed his condolences to Mandela's family, friends and the Government and people of South Africa.

He stated: "Today’s world of unrest and challenges will miss and remember Nelson Mandela as an exceptional figure, a pillar of peace, justice and an advocate of non-violence.

"Even after spending 27 years in jail, Mandela emerged from his detention without feelings of hatred or revenge. He chose forgiveness for reconciliation and not retribution.

"Such is the legacy of Madiba and the world ought to renew its pledge to work toward these noble goals. May, he rest in peace."
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06 december 2013 17:59:49

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