UK Embassy opens a Book of Mourning for Public to write about Lord Ashdown

The British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has opened a book of mourning for the ones who would like to write something regarding the death of Lord Ashdown.

As noted, the book will be opened today between 11 am and 4 pm and on Thursday, 27th December, from 11 am to 2 pm in the premises of the British Embassy in Sarajevo at Hamdije Čemerlića 39a Street.

Former BiH High Representative Paddy Ashdown died on Saturday evening at 77, after having been diagnosed with a serious form of urinary bladder cancer last month.

Paddy Ashdown was born in New Delhi on 27 February 1941. Between 1959 and 1972 he served as a Royal Marines Officer and saw active service as a Commando Officer in Borneo and the Persian Gulf. In 1972, Paddy left the Royal Marines and joined the Foreign Office. He was posted to the British Mission to the UN in Geneva. After leaving the Foreign Office, Paddy worked in local industry in the Yeovil area in South-West England between 1976 and 1981. He stood as the Liberal Parliamentary candidate for the Yeovil constituency in 1979 and raised the Liberal vote there to its highest recorded level. He was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats in July 1988 and was appointed as a Privy Councillor on 1 January 1989. He was knighted in 2000 and was made a peer in 2001. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lord Ashdown was one of the leading advocates for a decisive action by the international community to end the conflict.

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