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Adams expresses sadness at death of Walter Sisulu

6 May, 2003

Speaking this morning, after learning of the death of Walter Sisulu of the ANC, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

It is with great regret that I heard of the death of Walter Sisulu. I had the honour of meeting him on my first visit to South Africa in 1995 and while he was completely unassuming the strength of his personality and character shone out.

Walter was a great servant of the ANC and a fearless champion of the South African freedom struggle. He had a huge interest in Ireland and an affinity in particular with the H-Block hunger strikers and the women prisoners in Armagh. His death is a sad loss to humanity, particularly to all people in struggle. That sadness will be tempered by the celebration of his life and joy that he lived to see the end of Apartheid and the beginning of democracy in his beloved South Africa.

I extend solidarity to the Sisulu family, to his comrades in the ANC and to his many friends around the world. ENDS

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