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Statement by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry on the Passing of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke

December 14, 2010

We learned late last night that America had suffered a great loss.  Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke was a colleague, a friend to me and a champion for the people of Afghanistan. His lifetime of service to the United States and his contribution to our safety and security have been immeasurable.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ambassador Holbrooke has been a partner of those who try to foster peace. From Vietnam to the Balkans and now to Afghanistan, he’s done it by showing America’s strength and by showing our compassion. Our efforts in Afghanistan lost a powerful advocate today.

On behalf of my wife Ching and the entire U.S. Embassy, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ambassador Holbrooke’s family. In Afghanistan, we will all take time in coming days to mourn his loss, pray for his family, celebrate his life and carry on the work that he devoted himself to so fiercely.