11 February 2008

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General deeply saddened by death of friend, tom lantos;

Says veteran legislator was ‘champion of our common humanity’

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the death of his friend Tom Lantos, the veteran United States legislator, Holocaust survivor, human rights advocate and long-time supporter of the United Nations.  He extends his sympathy and condolences to Mr. Lantos’ wife, Annette, and to their family at this painful time.

The Secretary-General pays tribute to Mr. Lantos’ exceptional courage and contribution, in the national and international arenas, as a champion of our common humanity.  Mr. Lantos’ immeasurable efforts in attuning the consciousness and the conscience of people to the dangers of intolerance and human rights violations will long be remembered.  The Secretary-General joins Mr. Lantos’ colleagues in the United States Congress, the Jewish community and the international community in giving thanks for his life.

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