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Summary: EUHR Solana expresses condolences on death of Kosovo's President Rugova (21 January 2006: Brussels)
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), issued the following statement today on learning of the death of the President of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova:
"It is with profound sadness that I have heard of the death of President Ibrahim Rugova. With him Kosovo has lost a historic leader who devoted his life to protecting and promoting the rights of the people of Kosovo. President Rugova was a man of peace, firm in the face of oppression, but deeply committed to the ideals of non-violence. For this he was loved by his people and respected all over the world. My deeply felt condolences go to his family and to the people of Kosovo.
The loss of President Rugova comes at a particularly challenging time for Kosovo. His wisdom and authority will be greatly missed. At this difficult moment I call on all leaders of Kosovo to show unity and responsibility. This is the best way to pay tribute to the memory of President Rugova.".