World leaders remember Margaret Thatcher as woman of resolve
Monday, April 08, 2013 - 01:31
April 8 - World leaders remember former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as an ''Iron Lady'' with resolve. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister, died Monday at 87, following a stroke.
Known as the "Iron Lady", Thatcher transformed Britain by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power.
Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a Europe trip to return to Britain after the death was announced.
(SOUNDBITE) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING:
"The real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn't just lead our country, she saved our country."
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl praised her work.
SOUNDBITE) (German) FORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR, HELMUT KOHL, SAYING:
"She was, by her origin, one of the most exceptionally gifted (British) Prime Ministers there ever was. In many situations and in confrontations with economy, she stood her ground. You could only speak of her with great respect, even if on some things you were of a different opinion, on one point or another."
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell recalls her work with Mikhail Gorbachev
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL, SAYING:
"It was Mrs. Thatcher that really said to other leaders if the Western World, when she met Gorbachev for the first time and said, 'We can work with this man. Well, not every leader would have taken that kind of chance with the new Soviet Chairman coming in -- who was young and vigorous and was defending the Soviet Union."
The British government said Thatcher would have a ceremonial funeral with military honors at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.
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