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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Is Attending Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service

11.12.2013

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet is attending the memorial service for former president of the Republic of South Africa Nelson Mandela today in Johannesburg.

According to Paet, Mandela inspired countless people with his dedication and humanism and made the world a better place. “Mandela’s legacy to the world in the fight for human rights and justice is extraordinary,” he added.

Mandela was the first black South-African president in the years 1994-1999.

Mandela was born in 1918 and joined the African National Congress in 1943. In 1964, he was accused of sabotage and sentenced to life in prison. Nevertheless, Mandela was freed from prison in 1990.

In 1993, he was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with then-President Frederik de Klerk.

After his presidency Mandela became the Republic of South Africa’s most influential spokesman, fighting actively against HIV and AIDS and helping to secure South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He also participated in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, other African countries, and elsewhere.

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