Press Releases

    7 April 2005

    Secretary-General Saddened at Death of Prince Rainier III of Monaco

    NEW YORK, 6 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today in Geneva by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, one of the world’s longest-serving monarchs and heads of State.  He expresses his deepest condolences to Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie and their families, as well as to all the people of Monaco.  Throughout his 55-year reign, and all the changes the country underwent during that time, Prince Rainier remained dearly loved by his people, and deeply respected by his peers as well as the world community.  The Secretary-General wishes Prince Albert every courage and fortitude as he succeeds his father at the helm of the principality.

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