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Brussels, 8 December 2013

Statement by President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on his attendance at the State Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso will attend the State Memorial Service in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, 10 December

President Barroso said the following:

I had the great privilege to meet Nelson Mandela on a number of occasions and like many others, I admired his example of selflessness, courage and wisdom. The world community owes a debt of gratitude to this great statesman and human being. The outpouring of emotion in Africa, Europe and all over the world on the passing away of Madiba is a testament to his influence across the globe. I will have the honour to represent the European Commission at the State Memorial Service in Johannesburg".


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