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Mandela fought and united, says Letta

Former South Africa president a 'lesson' for Europe

10 December, 11:27
Mandela fought and united, says Letta (ANSA) - Johannesburg, December 10 - Premier Enrico Letta on Tuesday described Nelson Mandela as a "a man who fought and united" and said the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader was a lesson to Europe.

The Italian premier is among over 90 international leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, taking part in a commemoration service for Mandela in Johannesburg, who died aged 95 last week. Letta added that Mandela's philosophy was a lesson to Europe.

"Coming here you realise that either Europe unites or it doesn't count for anything," Letta said.

"That's the impression that I send home to Europe from here. It's an impression that we must reflect on".