nelson_postThe Prime Minister oF Belize Dean Oliver Barrow has dispatched a note of condolence to the president, people and government of South African on the death of Nelson Mandela. As we mentioned last night Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

According to an official statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Belize flag will be flown at half-mast from midday today, Friday, until midday on Saturday. The Belize flag will again be lowered at half-mast on the day or Mr. Mandela’s funeral. In the official statement, Prime Minister Barrow described Nelson Mandela as “the last global hero history will ever see.” Prime Minister Barrow says that Nelson Mandela “is not just an inspiration to black people everywhere, but to all people everywhere.”

Today the Honorable Francis Fonseca and the People’s United Party also recorded their profound sadness at the passing of the global statesman and icon Nelson Mandela.

The release issued by the PUP states “Nelson Mandela is unquestionably one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known and his life and legacy will forever serve as a shining example of strength, humility, compassion, and service.”

The PUP recommends to the Government and people of Belize that Sunday, December 8, 2013 be observed as a National Day of Mourning in honor and memory of the late President Nelson.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, also expressed his "deep sorrow" over the passing of the former President of South Africa. "Mandela is a hero of our time," said Insulza, "a man who marked an unsurpassed milestone of dedication and consistency in world history, and who defended his ideas with no regard for the physical pain or the consequences to his health of the punishments he received as a result."

The OAS leader added that Nelson Mandela "will be remembered not only for his leadership in the liberation of his people and the African continent, but also for his message of tolerance and humanity, an
example for all those around the world fighting for freedom, democracy and respect for human rights."

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