World Leaders around the world says good bye to one of the world’s most influential diplomat. Richard C. Holbrooke died last Monday at the age of 69. The cause of death of Holbrooke was presumably of natural means while being operated on by doctors. Holbrooke was scheduled to have surgery to repair a tear in the aorta. The diplomat is best remembered as the diplomat who helped end the Bosnian war.
Further accounts of the last moments of Holbrooke include the statement “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan” to a Pakistani surgeon at George Washington University Hospital. Holbrook was being sedated for surgery. That was the last time they heard Holbrooke speak.
Aside from the Bosnian peace, Holbrooke is also known as the chief architect of the Dayton Peace Accords that was signed in December 14, 1995 which helped end the ethnic inspired war that erupted in Yugoslavia. As a veteran diplomat, Holbrooke’s career starts from the Vietnam War to present war against the Taliban, Al Qaeda and conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Among the dignitaries who lauded Holbrooke was former US Secretary of the State Madeleine Albright who stated that she had the privilege of working with Richard (Holbrooke) in many international crises such as in Bosnia and Kosovo. Even President Barrack Obama worked with Holbrooke as the diplomat tried to intervene between the Afghanistan and Pakistan conflict as a US Special representative.
Holbrooke once said “A peace deal requires agreements, and you don’t make agreements with your friends, you make agreements with your enemies.” The diplomat was then trying to help mend Afghanistan and Pakistan especially in the so called AfPak region.