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11 Dec, 2008 13:42

Gorbachev to miss Nobel summit

Gorbachev to miss Nobel summit

Former president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev will not be attending this year’s annual summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Paris on December 11-13 because of health reasons.

Gorbachev, who was slated to head the event this year, is being treated at Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital after eye surgery.

In a letter to the summit, Gorbachev apologized for his absence and said he was confident that “the decisions taken at the summit will contribute to constructive international dialogue.”

The 77-year-old former leader received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his contribution to ending the Cold War.