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    SG/SM/8947
    AFR/731
    17 October 2003

     

    SECRETARY-GENERAL SADDENED AT DEATH OF
    MOKTAR OULD DADDAH, FIRST PRESIDENT OF MAURITANIA

    NEW YORK, 16 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the death of Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania:

    The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Moktar Ould Daddah, who led Mauritania to independence and served as the country’s first President from 1961 to 1978.  He joins other Africans in mourning yet another of modern Africa’s founding fathers -– one of the continent’s pioneers who through his courage and commitment propelled his people to freedom and worked for social and economic development in the post-colonial era.

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