The United States today expressed sadness of the passing of Kiro Gligorov, the first president of the independent Republic of Macedonia.
Kiro Gligorov was born on May 3, 1917. He served for two terms, from January 27, 1991 to November 19, 1999. He was re-elected for his second term in office on November 19, 1994. His son Vladimir Gligorov is the refounder of the Serbian Democratic Party, according to Wikipedia.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Kiro Gligorov was a patriot and true statesman.
She stressed that Gligorov’s commitment to Macedonia’s independence led to a peaceful transition in 1990-1991, and his steady leadership provided inspiration while Macedonia overcame enormous hardships.
She said President Gligorov was a friend to the United States and a leader who had a vision for his country that still serves as an example for Macedonia and the region.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all the citizens of Macedonia.” -Ms. Clinton
Gligorov died in his sleep on January 1, 2012. He was 94.