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Secretary-General, Saddened by Death of Former Georgian President
Eduard Shevardnadze, Praises His Efforts on Disarmament
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the passing of Eduard Shevardnadze, who served as President of the Republic of Georgia during the challenging early years of his country’s independence.
The Secretary-General recalls Eduard Shevardnadze’s significant contribution as Foreign Minister of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the international stage and his efforts to overcome the divisions of the cold war, including through advocating for nuclear disarmament at the United Nations.
The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Eduard Shevardnadze, as well as the Government and people of Georgia.
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