Security Council voices sadness at death of veteran Russian diplomat and UN official

11:19, April 09, 2010      

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Members of the UN Security Council said Thursday that they were saddened by the death of Russian diplomat and former senior United Nations official Anatoly Dobrynin and sent their condolences to his family and the Russian government.

Dobrynin died on Tuesday at the aged of 90.

In a statement read to the press by Japanese UN Ambassador Yukio Takasu, who holds the rotating Council presidency for April, said that members noted Dobrynin's significant contribution to promoting international cooperation.

"As ambassador to Washington, he played a major role in saving the world from a nuclear disaster during the crisis of October 1962," the statement said.

Dobrynin served as the UN under-secretary-general for political and Security Council affairs in the 1950s when the late Dag Hammarskjold was the secretary-general of the United Nations.

Source: Xinhua


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