of Zoran Djindjic, Prime Minister of Serbia
Statement by the President of the UN General Assembly Mr
I would like to express my deep shock and sadness at learning
of the assassination of His Excellency Zoran Djindjic, Prime
Minister of Serbia. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies
to the government and people of Serbia, and to Mr. Djindjic's
family, in their loss.
personally very strongly about this and share the pain caused
by this cruel act as Zoran was a friend of mine and a former
fellow human rights dissident. I have worked with him when
we were both dissidents as well as when he continued in
his opposition to Milosevic regime and I was a Foreign Minister
and Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and lastly
when we were both in top government positions and endeavoured
to work for democratic Central Europe as our contribution
to better conditions in Europe and the world.
act, deplorable as it is in itself, is particularly so when
perpetrated against a democratically elected head of government.
I firmly believe that this act of political violence should
in no way stop the progress that Serbia and Montenegro has
made in the process of democratization, of reform, and international
cooperation. I perceive it also as a challenge to us all
and as a reminder that we have to continue to help to consolidate
democratic forces throughout the world.