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WORLD MOURNS PASSING OF NELSON MANDELA

Date:

12/06/2013


WORLD MOURNS PASSING OF NELSON MANDELA

Message of condolence for the passing of Nelson Mandela addressed by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio

Napolitano, to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob G. Zuma (unofficial translation):

“It is with deep sadness and sorrow that I learnt of the passing of former President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Nelson Mandela. His irrepressible yearning for freedom, dignity and equality triumphed over the cruelty of apartheid. Throughout his life he proved that a just and united world, where diversity is synonymous with richness, is still possible.
He succeeded in leading his Country through a peaceful transition – aiming for truth and reconciliation – from apartheid to a democratic cohabitation. This will remain his indelible merit. His example will live on forever together with his ideals and his extraordinary moral legacy.  These will pass to future generations and to all those in South Africa and worldwide, who peacefully struggle to build a more equitable and inclusive society.
In this painful time for all humankind, I convey to You Mr. President and to all the People of South Africa, my heartfelt condolences, as well as those of the Italian People”.

Message of condolence for the passing of Nelson Mandela addressed by the Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob G. Zuma (unofficial translation):

“The passing of Nelson Mandela has aroused deep emotion in the Italian nation who saw in the first black President of the

Republic of South Africa an example of generous commitment  to human rights and integration.
These values serve as inspiration for the actions that the Italian government intends to follow with determination and

conviction so that the long battle led by Madiba can be an example to our Country and to our Europe.
Mr President and our friend the South African nation, please receive the expression of  our deepest participation in the

pain that we all feel in our hearts and the assurances that Italy will not forget the lesson that Nelson Mandela taught

us”.


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