Statement (in French) by José Manuel Barroso, on the passing away of Nelson Mandela
End production: 06/12/2013 First transmission: 06/12/2013
On 5 December 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a statement in French on the passing away of Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela is one of the world's most revered statesmen. He led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa by a multi-racial democracy. Sentenced to life in prison, he spent 27 years in jail before becoming the country's first black President. He played a leading role in the drive for peace. He is laureate of the 1988 Sakharov Prize and of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize®.
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||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in FRENCH) saying that there are some persons that we would never like to know that they have disappeared; Nelson Mandela was one of those persons; a great man who left such a strong example of struggle for freedom, of courage and also a spirit of tolerance and of reconciliation; his name will be not only in the history books but in the hearts and minds of many people around the world for whom he will continue to be a source of inspiration; the example he leaves for future generations is stronger than death;
saying that, on this occasion, he would like to remind, among the many meetings he had with him over the years, one on 20 March 1990, exactly the day of independence of Namibia; he was not yet President of South Africa; he explained some of the ideas he had for the future non racial democratic South Africa. they also discussed the possibilities of peace in Angola and Mozambique and in other parts of Africa; saying that Nelson Mandela made a big impression on him and he was conscious to be in front of someone exceptional;
saying that, on this occasion, he would like to send his sincere condolences to his widow, Graça Machel, to all his family and to the South African people.