General Assembly remembers late Bangladeshi President

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing General Assembly

The General Assembly on Tuesday paid tribute to Zillur Rahman, the late President of Bangladesh, who died last week.

In his speech to the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Mr. Rahman's 50 years of service to his country and people.

"President Rahman believed in independence for Bangladesh. He worked for it and was one of the country's leading political figures. His reward in his final years was the presidency — an acknowledgement of a lifetime of dedication. Today we mourn his loss, but take comfort that the country he helped to found is growing stronger by the day."

The Secretary-General also expressed sorrow for the victims of the tornado that struck eastern Bangladesh last Friday which he said was a reminder of the vulnerability of the country to climate change.

However, he said Bangladesh is setting an example on building resilience and disaster preparedness, and is a leader in sustainable development and in seeing great progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'09"

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