On this date in 2005 the death of Robin Cook was announced. As Foreign Secretary in the Labour Government formed after the general election held on 1 May 1997, he played a significant part in overcoming the UK and US intransigence that was preventing a neutral venue Lockerbie trial. According to the report in The Independent:
As Foreign Secretary in Labour's first term, he sought to implement a more ethical approach to Britain's relations with the rest of the world. Mr Cook himself had listed his proudest achievements in Government as: "Breaking the deadlock in the Lockerbie case; defending Kosovo; saving lives and relieving suffering in Sierra Leone; contributing to the fall of Milosevic; transforming Britain's relations with Europe; rebuilding respect for Britain in the world."
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