The Hague, The Netherlands

08 April 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the press on the passing of Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher passed away.  I’d like to express my deepest condolences to family members and the Government of the United Kingdom.

I will issue a more formal statement shortly.

At this time, I’d like to tell how much we will miss her great leadership.  She was a pioneering leader for her contribution to peace and security, particularly at the height of the Cold War.  She was also a great model as the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who not only demonstrated her leadership but has given such great hope for many women for equality, gender equality in Parliament. We will owe a great deal to her leadership.  I hope that her leadership will inspire many people around the world for peace and security and human rights.

I hope that she will rest in peace and eternity.

My deepest condolences and sympathy to the people of Great Britain and her family.

Thank you very much.