Ban Ki-moon voices sadness at death of former Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim

14 June 2007

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness today at the death of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations chief and Austrian President who has died at the age of 88.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness today at the death of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations chief and Austrian President who has died at the age of 88.

As the fourth Secretary-General of the world body, Mr. Waldheim “served the United Nations at a crucial period in the history of the Organization, from 1972 to 1981,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

The statement added that Mr. Ban extended his condolences to Mr. Waldheim’s family, as well as to Austria’s Government and its people.

Before his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Waldheim served in numerous senior political and diplomatic posts for Austria, including as Foreign Minister and two stints as Permanent Representative to the UN.

 

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