Naveen condoles demise of Kofi Annan

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today condoled the passing away of former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan died on Saturday at a hospital in Bern in Switzerland, after a short illness. He was 80 years old and survived by his wife and three children.

“Saddened by the passing away of former @UN Secretary-General & Nobel laureate Kofi Annan. He will be remembered for his efforts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, role in conflict resolutions across the globe and protection of human rights. RIP #KofiAnnan,” Patnaik tweeted.

Kofi Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat – United Nations Secretary General – serving two terms 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, along with the United Nations, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world”.

Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938. Since 1960 Ghana has been a republic within the British Commonwealth, a group of nations dependent on Great Britain.

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