UN chief praises 'vision, tenacity' of the late Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany, addresses a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in June 1997. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

16 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded the vision and tenacity of the former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, who died today at the age of 87.

A statement issued by the Secretary-General's Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, said Mr. Guterres learned with great sadness of Mr. Kohl's passing.

Noting that Mr. Kohl was “Germany's longest-serving chancellor,” the statement said that he “played an instrumental role in the peaceful reunification of his country, within a year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and helped set a course for the historic process of Europe's political and economic integration.”

“Today's Europe is a product of his vision and his tenacity, in the face of enormous obstacles,” said the statement, which extended the UN Secretary-General's condolences to Mr. Kohl's family and to the Government and people of Germany.

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