12.04.2012 - ODG

UNESCO Director-General pays tribute to Ahmed Ben Bella

The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova learned with great emotion, one day after an official visit to Algeria, of the passing of the first president of independent Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella.

“It is a sad symbol that the first President of the Republic of Algeria dies in the year of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. A central figure of liberation, an emblematic figure of Algerian political life, he has left an indelible mark in the memory of all Algerians and across the Arab world. Today, I address my sincere condolences to the Algerian government and people”.

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