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Former WTO, Goldman and BP chief Peter Sutherland dies at 71

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By Padraic Halpin

(Reuters) - Former Peter Sutherland, who was also a of giant and the overseas arm of Goldman Sachs, died on Sunday aged 71.

The Jesuit-educated barrister, who also served as Ireland's youngest and then youngest during the 1980s, had been ill for some time, Irish broadcaster reported, citing a statement from his family.

"Peter was a statesman in every sense of the word; an Irishman, a committed European and a proud internationalist," Irish said in a statement.

"He had a passion for public affairs and made a significant contribution to Ireland, and the world over a number of decades."

Born in in 1946, was appointed, at the age of 35, as the state's most after little more than a decade at the bar. Four years later he was nominated as Ireland's EU commissioner, holding the competition portfolio as the EU's single market began to take shape.

returned from briefly in 1989 and after a stint as of he became the WTO's in 1995, having previously been of its precursor, the (GATT).

Praising his international contribution to business, politics and human rights, on Sunday described as "a giant of Irish, European and international public life".

A for the WTO said that leadership, vision and courage were instrumental in the birth of the world trade body and that the lengthy Round negotiations that led to its creation were by no means assured until the Irishman took charge.

While spearheading the WTO, took up his roles at and He was the major's longest-serving chairman, from 1997 to 2009, and held that role even longer at International, retiring in 2015 after 20 years in the job.

A passionate advocate of globalisation and the EU and one of Ireland's best known public figures on the international stage, continued in his role as of the for International Migration until close to his death.

"He leaves an important legacy through his work as Secretary-General, having brought the importance of migration to the forefront of public thought and policy," Irish said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by in and Tom Miles in Geneva; Editing by David Goodman)

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 09:34 IST