Passing of Kiro Gligorov

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 2, 2012

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kiro Gligorov, the first president of the independent Republic of Macedonia. He was a patriot and true statesman.

His commitment to Macedonia's independence led to a peaceful transition in 1990-1991, and his steady leadership provided inspiration while Macedonia overcame enormous hardships. President Gligorov was a friend to the United States and a leader who had a vision for his country that still serves as an example for Macedonia and the region. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all the citizens of Macedonia.

PRN: 2012/003