Leaders Speak Out About Nelson Mandela's Legacy

By: AP/Staff Email
By: AP/Staff Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Obama says Mandela "no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages." Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.

Speaking from the White House, Obama said he was one of the countless millions around the world who was influenced by Mandela.

Obama met with Mandela's family earlier this year when he visited South Africa. But he did not meet with the ailing leader, who was hospitalized throughout the U.S. president's visit.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Nelson Mandela was "a giant for justice" whose "selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom" inspired many people around the world.

"No one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations," he told reporters soon after Mandela's death was announced Thursday.

"Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world, and within each one of us, if we believe a dream and work together for justice and humanity," Ban said. "Let us continue each day to be inspired by Nelson Mandela's lifelong example to keep working for a better and more just world."

The U.N. Security Council interrupted a meeting on the tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and stood for a minute in silent tribute to Mandela.

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US Senator Dean Heller, R-NV:

“Today, the world joins with South Africa to mourn the loss of former President Nelson Mandela. He is a transcendent hero who championed equality and strength through peace. His life serves as an example of fearless determination and forgiveness that generations will study for years to come.”

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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval:

“Few have touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world like Nelson Mandela has. His fight for racial equality and freedom transformed his country and set an example for the world. He was a giant while he lived and his legacy will never be forgotten.”

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US Senator Harry Reid, D-NV:

“My thoughts are with Nelson Mandela’s family and with the people of South Africa during this difficult time. As both the emancipator of a people and the founder of a modern democracy, Mandela was one of the truly unique and transcendent figures of our time. Mandela embodied the very spirit of democracy, freedom, and equality. He leaves behind an incredible legacy that will not be forgotten, and which will continue to inspire current and future leaders for generations to come."


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