Gorbachev: World loses imposing global leader and tireless advocate for peace, says Guterres


United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday that “the world has lost an imposing global leader, committed multilateralist and tireless defender of peace” with the death of the last president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, a unique statesman who changed the course of history. He did more than any other individual to bring about a peaceful end to the Cold War,” said the Portuguese diplomat, quoted in a press release. .

For the United Nations official, the “world has lost an imposing global leader, committed multilateralist and tireless defender of peace”. António Guterres, who expressed his condolences on behalf of the UN “to the family, people and government of the Russian Federation”, recalled Gorbachev’s words when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 and noted that “peace is not unity in similarity, but unity in diversity”.

“[Gorbachev] It put this vital vision into practice by following the path of negotiation, reform, transparency and disarmament,” he said.

The UN leader also mentioned that in recent years the former leader of the USSR “has embraced a new challenge” important for the well-being of humanity, by founding Green Cross International, to “create a sustainable future by cultivating harmonious relationships between human beings humans and the environment”.

Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev died today at the age of 91, Russian news agencies said.

Tass, RIA Novosti and Interfax cited the Central Clinical Hospital.

Gorbachev’s office had said the former head of state was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

According to initial information, Mikhail Gorbachev will be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, where the remains of important figures in Russian history are located, as well as the grave of his wife, Raisa.

The last president of the Soviet Union had been living out of the media spotlight for years due to health problems

As the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev fought a losing battle to save a fragile empire, but produced extraordinary reforms that led to the end of the Cold War.

The former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), between 1985 and 1991, unleashed a series of changes that resulted in the collapse of the authoritarian Soviet state, the liberation of Eastern European nations from Russian rule and the end of decades of East-West nuclear confrontation.

Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War and spent his later years collecting accolades and honors around the world, contrary to the view of Russia, where he was — and is — despised.


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