“Mandela was clearly one of the best of us all,” says Marcelo

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today recalled the passage of Nelson Mandela for Portugal in 1993 and emphasized how he ensured the permanence and peace of the Portuguese in South Africa.

The head of state, speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, said the former South African President “was not only an exceptional man, he was clearly one of the best of us all “and defended that” his levy must be supported. ”

At this summit, in honor of the leader of the struggle against ‘apartheid’ and the first black President of South Africa, who was born 100 years ago and died in 2013, a political declaration should be adopted to redouble efforts for peace and security countries.

In a three-minute speech in Portuguese, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa began by stating that “in 1993 Madiba was in Portugal, had just been released and soon afterwards would be freely elected President of South Africa” ​​in April 1994.

“In Portugal, he was received enthusiastically, because he came to give his testimony of victory over oppression,” he said, adding that “Portugal had just overcome oppression and had come to an end to colonialism through the 1974 Carnation Revolution”. “Nelson Mandela welcomed this revolution, saying that it was inspiring also for a people that still remained mostly repressed.”

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa then pointed out that Mandela “guaranteed to more than half a million Portuguese the permanence, peace and integration in the construction of South Africa of the future.”

“This was Nelson Mandela, in his courage, in his humanity, in his intelligence, in his simplicity, in his compassion, in his greatness of soul, in his long journey to freedom. crises like East Timor. He showed the world that it is worth trying, that nothing is impossible, “he praised.

Nelson Mandela has shown that it is possible to “overcome through hope, overcome fear, through love and forgiveness, overcome hatred,” he continued.

“Mandela’s legacy, in line with the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, leads us to believe that we can and must invest in the future, not only in statements that are fundamental, not just in words, but through works. In such a way that the world is a better place, a place of peace, where no one is left behind, “he concluded.

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