Lord Russell-Johnston Dies On The Eve Of His 76th Birthday


28.07.2008 17:33 GMT+04:00

Former President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
from 1999 to 2002, head of the subcommittee on Karabkah, Lord
Russell-Johnston of Minginish died last night of bone marrow cancer
on the eve of his 76th birthday.

PACE President, Lluis Maria de Puig, today expressed his deepest
sadness and sorrow at his death and extended his condolences to
his family.

"It is a sad day for all defenders of justice, peace and humanity. He
leaves a great void in the hearts of all Europeans who had the
privilege of crossing his path. His passion for European politics and
his sense of friendship will always remain," Lluis Maria de Puig said.

"We need moralpolitik, not realpolitik, was the message that guided
him through his longstanding political career. Lord Russell-Johnston
always behaved in a European way, basing attitudes on values. He
worked relentlessly to extend the boundaries of human rights, because
he was convinced that no other approach can so well secure peace,
prosperity and freedom.

In the Council of Europe, we are proud of our values, principles
and standards. May I thank Lord Russell-Johnston, on behalf of our
Assembly, for his tremendous contribution for making Europe a more
humane and better place," PACE President concluded.