Sadness at death of peacemaker Shimon Peres

I deeply regret the death of former president of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shimon Peres.

Shimon Peres was a tremendous force for peace in the Middle East.

With his death Israel has lost a great statesman.

I had the honour of meeting him once in Israel and I found him to be one of the most honest and astute politicians I have ever encountered.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and my condolences are with his family and the Israeli people in their time of mourning.

Jim Nicholson, MEP, Ulster Unionist Party