Freitag, 23. November 2012


HIM Qädamawi Haile Selassie was the only African leader to make the gesture of flying to Washington to participate in President Kennedy’s funeral on November 25, 1963.


We are deeply grieved at the tragic and shocking death of John F. Kennedy, the great leader and President of the American nation, a man dedicated to the achievement of world peace and equality and dignity to all men.
We met President Kennedy in Washington less than two months ago. It was Our privilege then to witness for Ourself the untiring efforts and the far-sighted vision which he brought to his role as leader of the American people. We were struck by his courage and resoluteness, by his determination that peace must be assured to all men, by his devotion to the principles of the equality of men and the assurance of life, liberty, and happiness to all. It is not given to many to leave in so short a span of years, so indelible an imprint on his nation and on the course of world events.
Not only Ethiopians but all men mourn the passing of this great statesman. Struck down by an assassin's bullet, he died a martyr to the highest ideals of humanity. Let each Ethiopian today pause for a moment in his daily tasks and lament the passing of this man, a good friend to Ethiopia, who understood our problems, who sympathized with us in our struggles and who shared our dearest desires and hopes for the future.
The untimely and sudden death of President Kennedy at an early age has deprived the American nation and the entire world of the inspiration and services of this dedicated and determined leader. He will be mourned not only by his loved ones but by all peoples, and particularly by the peoples of Africa.
In this time of suffering and sorrow, We extend Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Kennedy, to their young children, to the father and mother so rudely and suddenly deprived of a beloved son, to his relatives, and to the American people who have sustained so cruel a loss. We ask Almighty God to support and strengthen his family and the American people in this unhappy hour, and We pray that his soul may rest in peace, as his memory will live in history.

Nov. 23, 1963.

Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 653 –             

HIM QHS at the burial service at Arlington National Cemetery. together with General Charles de Gaulle of France; Ludwig Erhard of Germany; Queen Frederica of Greece; King Baudoin of Belgium; and other mourners.

HIM QHS together with the President of France de Gaulle, saluting John. F. Kennedy.

3 Kommentare:

  1. Note the welcoming speech of John F. Kennedy, and the answer of HIM QHS from the 1st October 1963, nearly 2 months before his assassination.

    John F. Kennedy:

    "...Therefore, for what he has done in his own country, his efforts to move his country forward and provide a better life for its people and his efforts throughout the world, which stretch back over 30 or 40 years--for all of this, Your Majesty, we take the greatest pride in welcoming you here. You do us honor, and I can assure you that there is no guest that we will receive in this country that will give a greater sense of livelier pride and satisfaction to the American people than your presence here today. ..."

    HIM QHS:

    "... In this same decade, man's horizons have expanded almost incredibly. The mysteries of outer space are being increasingly revealed to us. The secrets of science are falling to the probings of modern mind. Man has acquired the awful power to destroy himself and all living things. Confronted by this common danger, all peace-loving peoples and nations must make a common cause with one another.

    Our interest in safeguarding the peace is the same, for the same fate awaits us all should our efforts fail. ..."

  2. One day later, on the 2nd of November 1963 John F. Kennedy made another speech to HIM QHS:

    "... Most of all, we are glad to have you here because of your own extraordinary record. Those of us who have held office for a comparatively brief time are somewhat awed to realize that you have borne the responsibility of leadership in your country for more than
    45 years. For a good part of this century, with all the changes that it has brought to not only your own country but to the continent of Africa, and so much of the West during this whole period, the central thrust of burden has been borne by you. And to have borne it with such distinction in other days and to still bear it with such force-demonstrated by the fact that your capital was chosen by your fellow leaders of Africa to be the center of this great, cooperative movement which was symbolized by the summit meeting in your capital and which was made a success by your own very patient efforts--brings accord out of what could have been on occasion perhaps a disagreement. ..."