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Mikhail Gorbachev: UN chief hails ‘one of a kind statesman who changed the course of history’

The world has lost a towering global leader, committed multilateralist, and tireless advocate for peace.”

Mikhail Gorbachev (l), the former President of Soviet Union visits UN Headquarters in 1988 and presents the UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar with a gift to the United Nations. In 1990, lauded internationally, but suffering increasing criticism at home, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for the leading role that he had played in the “radical changes in East-West relations”, according to the judges.
I’m deeply saddened by his passing. pic.twitter.com/giu2RHSjrQ
He ended the Cold War by successfully negotiating with US President Ronald Reagan to abolish a whole class of missiles through the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, ended the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and precipitating the breakup of the Warsaw Pact, Soviet domination of eastern Europe, and ultimately the Soviet Union itself, all in the space of just six years.

Nobel Prize

Mikhail Gorbachev was a one-of-a kind statesman who changed the course of history.
The Secretary-General noted in his statement, that in receiving the prize, “he observed that ‘peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity.’ He put this vital insight into practice by pursuing the path of negotiation, reform, transparency and disarmament.”
António Guterres said he was deeply saddened to hear the news of his passing in Moscow, announced by Russian State news agencies, which reported that he had died after a “long and grave illness.”

The world has lost a towering global leader, committed multilateralist, and tireless advocate for peace.Mikhail Gorbachev (l), the former President of Soviet Union visits UN Headquarters in 1988 and presents the UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar with a gift to the United Nations.

Embraced new challenges

Mr. Gorbachev became Soviet leader in 1985, when nuclear tensions between East and West were still running high, with a reformist programme designed to revive the economy and modernise the political system, adopting the policies of “perestroika”, and “glasnost”, or openness.

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