Secretary-General mourns passing of former Czech leader Vaclav Havel
“Vaclav Havel was the moral voice of his country and his era,” said a statement issued last night by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
“He lived in truth – his credo – as few of his place and times dared to do. His humanity, humility and decency were an example for us all.
“In the face of great challenges today that shall test a newer generation, let his profile in courage be our inspiration,” the statement added.
Mr. Havel, 75, was a writer and dissident, who became post-communist Czechoslovakia’s first president. After the country split in January 1993, he became president of the Czech Republic.
The Secretary-General expressed his sympathy to Mr. Havel’s family and the people of the Czech Republic.