CONDOLENCE UPON THE DEATH OF
We have been inexpressibly saddened and shocked by the tragic event which has claimed the life of the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization and his companions today. Once again death has stretched out its hand and snatched from our midst a statesman who could ill be spared in these troubled days. To his family and those of his entourage, We extend Our deepest condolences. His Excellency Mr. Dag Hammarskjoeld served as Secretary General of the United Nations for seven years. Throughout the entire period of his service he acted with honesty and integrity as a devoted and selfless international public servant in pursuance of the ideals of peace and the advancement of mankind which are the United Nations stated goals. He died fulfilling his duty to this organization and to all of us. As We mourn his untimely passing We hope that his tragic death will inspire us all to redouble our efforts to ensure the continued effectiveness of this institution as the guardian of the peace and the protector of the dignity of man.
Sept. 18, 1961.
Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie – page 649 –