World leaders express condolences following Nelson Mandela's passing
Friday, December 06, 2013 - 01:15
Dec.6 - Leaders of Britain, Japan and China offer their thoughts on the anti-apartheid hero. Jennifer Davis reports.
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Expressions of loss and adoration are pouring in from leaders around the globe following news that Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95 following a long illness and British Prime Minister David Cameron went to the South African embassy in central London to sign a book of condolence for Mandela.
(SOUNDBITE) DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, SAYING:
"He lived this extraordinary life, a belief in this simple principle of fighting discrimination, this extraordinary struggle of all those years in prison. Then the immense triumph against adversity and all he achieved for his country and to inspire people around the world."
China's President sent a message of condolence to Mandela's family praising his "outstanding contributions" to China-South Africa relations, which was read in part on state television.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINA'S CENTRAL TELEVISION CCTV ANCHOR SAYING:
"He had visited China twice, and actively pushed for friendly cooperation in various areas between the two countries."
Japan's Prime Minister also echoed praises of Mandela as a great man and great leader.
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) SHINZO ABE, JAPAN PRIME MINISTER, SAYING:
"He fought for the abolition of apartheid with a strong will. On nation building, he made a major achievement with focus on the reconciliation of the people."
South Africa has declared a week of mourning Mandela, ending with his burial December 15th.
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