The United Nations Secretary-General U Thant paid tribute to General de Gaulle in a statement to the General Assembly yesterday (Tuesday, 10 November).
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: U THANT: "Mr. President, as soon as I heard of the news of the passing of General Charles de Gaulle I sent the following massage to the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations. The message reads as follows;-"
"I was grieved to hear the news of the death of General de Gaulle whom I regard as one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of our time. General de Gaulle not only showed great wisdom and imagination in tackling the problems of his own country but also courage and vision in dealing with difficult problem of decolonisation of French Africa, especially Algeria. By his courageous and forthright stand in this regard he had earned the respect of all friends of freedom. I had several opportunities of meeting him and I was struck by his clear perception in regard to many of the critical issues of war and peace which arose during his tenure as President of France and which continue to be with us today. I also appreciated the increased awareness on his part of the valuable role that the United Nations play nor only in crisis situations but also in promoting human progress. General de Gaulle's passing is to be mourned not only by his native France but by the many who admired him the world over. May i request you to convey to the President, Government and people of France my profound sympathy and offer my respectful and sincere personal condolences to Madame de Gaulle.
"That is the end of the message. Thank you, Mr. President."
Initials JMR/JF/PS/1320 JMRJF/PS/1330
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Background: The United Nations Secretary-General U Thant paid tribute to General de Gaulle in a statement to the General Assembly yesterday (Tuesday, 10 November). He described the French leader, who died on Monday night ( 9 November ), as a great soldier-statesman who had shown courage and vision in tackling the decolonisation of French Africa, especially Algeria.
The former President, who was 79, will be buried in a simple ceremony at Colombey-less-Deus Eglises tomorrow (Thursday, November 12th). Eighty world leaders are expected to attend a memorial service in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the same day.