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World mourns loss of Kofi Annan


(Geneva) – There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan.

Here are some of the tributes:

– United Nations –

Current UN chief Antonio Guterres described Annan as “a guiding force for good”.

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations.

“He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.

“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor.”

Annan´s successor Ban Ki-moon said he “will always be remembered and respected for his vision and courage to keep the principle and idea of the United Nations”.

The UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra´ad Al Hussein described him as a “friend to thousands and a leader of millions”.

“Kofi was humanity´s best example, the epitome of human decency and grace. In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world´s loss becomes even more painful.”


Pakistan has expressed condolences at the death of Kofi Annan, the former secretary general of the United Nations.

The condolences were expressed to his family, friends and the entire UN family, Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on his twitter account Saturday.

– Ghana –

President Nana Akufo-Addo declared a week of mourning for “one of our greatest compatriots”.

“He brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena.

“He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course onto the path of progress and prosperity.”

– US –

Former president Barack Obama said Annan “embodied the mission of the United Nations like few others”.

“His integrity, persistence, optimism, and sense of our common humanity always informed his outreach to the community of nations. Long after he had broken barriers, Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world, and made time to motivate and inspire the next generation of leaders.”

– EU –

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the “greatest recognition we can give Kofi Annan is to keep his legacy and his spirit alive”.

“He devoted his life to making the world a more peaceful and united place. He fought to end suffering and injustices across the world and helped to rebuild bridges where they had been destroyed.”

– Russia –

“I sincerely admired his wisdom and courage, his ability to make informed decisions even in the most complex, critical situations. His memory will live forever in the hearts of Russians,” said President Vladimir Putin.

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