UN's Ban hails Chavez's work for poor, Colombia peace
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon paid tribute to the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, hailing his work on behalf of his country's poor and his support of Colombia's peace process.
"The secretary general was saddened by the death of His Excellency Mr Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," Mr Ban's office said in a statement after Venezuela announced Mr Chavez's death.
"President Chavez spoke to the challenges and aspirations of the most vulnerable Venezuelans," he continued.
"He provided decisive impetus for new regional integration movements, based on an eminently Latin American vision, while showing solidarity toward other nations in the hemisphere," the statement said.