General News of Monday, 27 August 2018
After the unfortunate demise of the former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, tributes have been pouring in from all over the world.
Some Diplomats in Ghana have also shared their fond memories of the Ghanaian icon who served at the global stage.
At the Accra International Conference Center, Diplomats from Hungary, Cuba, Mali as well as some Ghanaian personalities who worked closely with the former UN leader, after signing the book of condolence opened in his memory, said, Kofi Annan was full of humility; as the UN Secretary General, he tried to create a peaceful atmosphere in the world.
“It is good to see the African continent give birth to people like Kofi Annan. Very humble man, very supportive and with a commitment to put the world in the best condition he can do, unfortunately, the world is not the way he wanted it to be,” the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Pedro Luis Despaigne González said.
The Malian Ambassador to Ghana, Mohamed Maiga on his part observed that Kofi Annan is an example for all Africans.
“Because of him, we got respect from all over the world during his time as the head of the United Nations. He is a real example for all Africans and we have to continue as he has done,” he added.
Kofi Annan according to the Hungarian Economic Counsellor, Dávid Békési, is a great leader and also the father of the United Nations.
“His achievements regarding security and peace is remarkable and an example for all of us,” he stated.
Kofi Annan died at the age of 80 after a short illness.
He died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland in the early hours on Saturday, August 18, 2018, with his wife, Nane, and three children Ama, Kojo and Nina, by his side.
He had retired to Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village. The Ghanaian was the seventh secretary-general of United Nation and served for two terms between 1997 and 2006.
He was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work jointly with the UN as an organisation in 2001.