Khabarindiaonline: Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan died in Switzerland today. He was 80. The Kofi Annan Foundation said, he passed away peacefully after a short illness. He was the first black African to become UN secretary-general.
Mr Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to revitalise the international body, during a period that coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic. UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein said, he was grief-stricken over Annan’s death.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed sorrow at the passing away of Mr. Annan. Mr Kovind offered condolences to his family and the UN community.
In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the world has lost not only a great African diplomat and humanitarian but also a conscience keeper of international peace and security.
He said Mr. Annan’s significant contribution to the Millennium Development Goals will always be remembered. He said his thoughts are with Mr Annan’s family and admirers in this hour of grief. ( Source: AIRN ).