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17 December 2020

Deeply Saddened by Death of Flavio Cotti, Secretary-General Recognizes Former Swiss Confederation President for Helping Lead Switzerland into United Nations System

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the death of Flavio Cotti, former President of the Swiss Confederation.  Mr. Cotti led a meaningful life dedicated to public service, which benefited not only the citizens of Switzerland but those across Europe and elsewhere.  A strong believer and staunch advocate of multilateralism, he helped to lead Switzerland into the United Nations, with Geneva continuing to serve as a beacon of the international system.

The Secretary-General wishes to convey his sincere condolences to Mr. Cotti’s family and the people and Government of Switzerland.

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