Statement by H.E. Ambassador Baki İlkin, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN as Chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Group at the UN, in Memory of Prince Rainer III of Monaco

Baki İlkin 06.04.2005
Mr. President,
Distinguished Colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It was with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing away of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of the Principality of Monaco. As the Chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Group at the United Nations, I would like to express, on behalf of our Member States, my deepest sympathies to the family of the late Prince, the people of Monaco, as well as colleagues and friends at the Mission of Monaco here.

His Serene Highness Prince Rainer III was a visionary, an exemplary statesman, a reformer and a modernizer. As a dignified representative of his country, he had always been regarded with high esteem and affection within the international community.

On this solemn occasion, I would like to convey, once again, the heartfelt condolences of the Member States of the OIC to the bereaved family of His Serene Highness Prince Rainer III and the people of Monaco.

Thank you, Mr. President.