Ethiopia Mourns Death of Ex-UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan

Addis Ababa Ethiopia has expressed it deep mourning over the sudden death of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

According to press release of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kofi Annan was a close friend of Ethiopia, and his death was a great loss to Africa and the world.

Kofi Annan died Saturday in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, after a short illness.

His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning.

He was the seventh secretary general and served for two terms between 1997 and 2006.

His first major initiative as UN chief was a plan for UN reform, presented to Member States in July 1997.

Annan used his office to advocate for human rights, the rule of law, development and Africa, and he worked to bring the UN closer to people worldwide by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.

As Secretary-General, he also galvanized global action to fight HIV/AIDS and combat terrorism.

He was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work jointly with the UN as an organization in 2001.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency