Statement by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Alternate Representative of the United States for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, on the Passing of Ghanaian President John Atta Mills

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis
United States Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs 
New York, NY, United States
July 27, 2012




AS DELIVERED

Mr. President, on behalf of the Host Country and the American people, I express our deepest sympathies on the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana.

President Mills led Ghana through a period of remarkable growth and development. As President Obama said in his message of condolence, “President Mills tirelessly worked to improve the lives of the Ghanaian people. He helped promote economic growth in Ghana in the midst of challenging global circumstances and strengthened Ghana’s strong tradition of democracy.” President Mills promoted regional peace and reinforced Ghana’s reputation as a leader in Africa.

Prior to leading his country, President Mills served with distinction as a Fulbright Scholar in the United States and during his tenure as President he forged a deeper partnership between Ghana and the United States. Only a few months ago President Obama hosted President Mills in the Oval Office. His passing is a tremendous loss for all of us in the international community.

Today our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all the people of Ghana. Thank you.

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PRN: 2012/166