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Diplomats honor the life of Richard Holbrooke

Diplomat and Bosnian War peacemaker Richard C. Holbrooke died on Monday at the age of 69 shortly after having heart surgery, causing mourning among world leaders and citizens.

"He could always be counted on for his imagination, dedication and forcefulness," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told CNN News. President Obama said he was "a true giant of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer and more respected."

A senior administration official told CNN that Holbrooke's last words were to a Pakistani surgeon who was performing the surgery on him, in reference to the war zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan where he most recently served as a representative for the Obama administration. "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," he said.

Holbrooke famously led the creation of the Dayton Peace Accords that quelled the conflict between Bosnia and Kosovo in 1995, reports the news source.

During his later career in Afghanistan, Holbrooke told Bob Woodward that he thought the Afghan War had a 1 in 10 chance of succeeding and that the 30,000 troop surge "can't work," reports the Christian Science Monitor.
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