UN chief saddened by Barbados PM's death

15:52, October 24, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday extended condolences to the government and people of Barbados over the death of the Caribbean nation's prime minister David Thompson.

The UN chief "learned with sadness of the untimely death of the prime minister," according to a statement from Ban's office.

Ban "acknowledges Prime Minister Thompson's long-standing commitment to democratic values, as well as his contribution to advance the purposes and principles of the United Nations, as demonstrated by his important role as a member of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability," it said.

The UN chief "wishes to extend his sincere condolences and respect to the family of the late prime minister and to the government and people of Barbados," the statement added.

Thompson, who became the youngest ever elected prime minister of the Caribbean island state of 270,000 in January 2008, died early Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his private residence.

The 48-year-old prime minister is survived by his wife Marie-Josephine Mara and their three daughters. He was succeeded by his deputy hours after his death.

Thompson had been ill since March and had traveled to New York several times for treatment. But he didn't discuss his conditions till last month, when his doctor announced that the prime minister had pancreatic cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Source: Xinhua


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