Ex-Poland PM Mazowiecki, the first non-communist leader in Eastern Europe, dies

Mr Tadeusz Mazowiecki smiles as he leaves the Diet, the Polish Parliament, after a meeting with Solidarity parliament members in Warsaw, on Aug 19, 1989. Mr Mazowiecki, a former Polish prime minister who was the first non-communist head of
Mr Tadeusz Mazowiecki smiles as he leaves the Diet, the Polish Parliament, after a meeting with Solidarity parliament members in Warsaw, on Aug 19, 1989. Mr Mazowiecki, a former Polish prime minister who was the first non-communist head of government in Eastern Europe, died in Warsaw at the age of 86 on Monday, Oct 28, 2013, the KAI news agency reported. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WARSAW (AFP) - Mr Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a former Polish prime minister who was the first non-communist head of government in Eastern Europe, died in Warsaw at the age of 86 on Monday, the KAI news agency reported.

Mr Mazowiecki was "one of the fathers of Polish liberty and independence", Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told Polish radio.