Georgia and the Georgian emigration in France have suffered a great loss – Claude de Kemoularia, renowned diplomat and public figure passed away.
Condolences and sympathy from the bottom of my heart to the family and relatives of Mr.Claude and to our compatriots living in France. I pay tribute to his brightest memory and the death of this person. The list of his state, public and diplomatic works is very extensive. The tenor of his life was French, though he always remembered Georgia. According to his opinion, his nature and success came from the Georgian gene.
Claude de Kemoularia held various senior positions in the French government: 1957-1961 he was a member of the cabinet of secretary general of the United Nations; from 1961 he was the director of the information service of the United Nations in Geneva. In the middle of 1960s he was the advisor to Prince Rainier of Monaco. By the end of 1960 he established a well-known bank “PARIBA” and created the branches in different parts of the world, making important contribution in the development of the French economics. In the beginning of 1980, Claude de Kemoularia returned to the national service. He became a trustee of the President Francois Mitterrand and the negotiator with Arabic states. Claude de Kemoularia occupied different responsible high posts for 60 years. In 1984-1986 he was the permanent representative of France to the United Nations; the permanent member of the United Nations Secretary Council and made his contribution in the cease-fire between Iran and Iraq. Due to the diplomatic ties he established the “Monaco Club” where different former and acting politicians of the world became members. Claude de Kemoularia was the Knight of many orders and rewards. In 1979 he was taken to the degree of Knight of the Legion of Honor. In 1988 he was awarded the title of the Officer of Legion of Honor.
I want to specially mention the memories of Claude de Kemoularia, published in 2008 –“Life with open wings”, translated in many languages. The book suggests readers the deep analyses of the world politics and international happenings of 40-80s of the twentieth century; it also tells about his childhood; his homeland which he did not know but always dreamed of; parents; his new homeland-France. In 2010 Mr.Kemoularia visited Georgia on the presentation of his book, translated in Georgian.
His words are unforgettable: “The principal is, that I think Georgian and while I am alive, I will do anything to protect interests of Georgia in Europe. Be proud to be Georgian, as the past and the history of Georgia, give you the grounds. I believe that Georgia will join the European Union and take deserved place in Europe.” I believe that these words of this renowned Georgian will come true and soon Georgia will settle its place in Europe and the name of Claude de Kemoularia will live forever in his homeland and among people.