Václav Havel dies
19.12.2011 / 10:20
(This article expired 20.12.2012.)
It is with deep sorrow that the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic in Geneva announces the death of Václav Havel, writer and dramatist, human rights advocate and Velvet Revolution leader, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. President Havel died in the early morning of 18 December at the age of 75.
"With Václav Havel passing away today we lose a man who brought dignity back to our nation, a person who had a crucial role in gaining freedom for our country in 1989. He was the most famous Czech, respected all around the world. Humble and shy as he was, he stood his ground at meetings and negotiations with the most powerful people of the world,“ said Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech Foreign Minister and Havel’s friend.
The Book of Condolences will be available at the residence of the Czech Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva at 20, Chemin des Crêts-de-Pregny, Pregny-Chambésy:
20 December 2011, 10.00 – 12.00, 14.30 – 16.00
21 December 2011, 10.00 – 12.00, 14.30 – 16.00
22 December 2011, 10.00 – 12.00
Photo: idnes.cz, Tomki Němec