TRIBUTES TO KOFI ANNAN
The Nobel peace laureate, who was the United Nations Secretary General from 1997 to 2006 died at the age of 80.
The Ghanaian was seen as a diplomatic rock star in international diplomatic circles; and embrace peace in the world over other things. In the word of his successor Ban Ki-moon, describes him as a person who guided the United Nations Organisation into the 21st century defining an ambitious agenda that had made the UN truly indispensable to peace, prosperity and human dignity around the world.
Current UN chief Antonio Guterres also described Kofi as a guiding force for good, he rose through the ranks to lead the orgaisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu a Nobel Laureate described Kofi as an outstanding human being who represented the African continent and the world with enormous graciousness, integrity and distinction.
Barack Obama said Kofi is an embodiment of mission of thhe United Nations like few others. Russian President Putin hailed Annan’s wisdom and courage in Unity.
Annan has worked on several situations in different countries and states after his tenure to settle disputes and power tussles, however he resigned from peacekeeping mission in 2012, saying a Security Council stalemate had turned it into a “Mission Impossible”.
The President of Ghana and the UN Secretary General has said their flags to be in half way as a tribute to the world legend.