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Nelson Mandela: What global luminaries said

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A file photo taken on September 16, 1995 shows Pope John Paul II (L)

A file photo taken on September 16, 1995 shows Pope John Paul II (L) and South African President Nelson Mandela talking at the Presidential guest house in Pretoria. AFP PHOTO GARY BERNARD 



Posted  Friday, December 6  2013 at  11:07
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What the world is saying about the death of Nelson Mandela:

Politicians

-- US President Barack Obama: "He achieved more than could be expected of any man."

-- South African President Jacob Zuma: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

-- Former South African president F.W. de Klerk: "I believe that his example will live on and that it will continue to inspire all South Africans to achieve his vision of non-racialism, justice, human dignity, and equality for all."

-- British Prime Minister David Cameron: "A great light has gone out in the world."

-- Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi: "He made us all understand that nobody should be penalised for the colour of his skin, for the circumstances into which he is born. He also made us understand that we can change the world."

-- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India's loss as South Africa's. He was a true Gandhian."

-- Chinese President Xi Jinping: "With arduous and extraordinary efforts, he led the people of South Africa to success in the struggle against apartheid, making a historic contribution to the birth and development of a new South Africa."

-- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: "Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration."

-- Former US president Bill Clinton: "History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion of human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation."

-- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan: "A source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world."

-- Poland's Solidarity leader and former president Lech Walesa: "A great man has died."

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "He will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa."

-- Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas: "The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free."

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