Kofi Annan: Theresa Might will pay tribute to ‘great leader’

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Prime Minister Theresa May has paid tribute to the former UN secretary-basic Kofi Annan, who has died aged EIGHTY, calling him a “nice chief”.

His foundation announced the demise on Saturday following a brief illness.

Mrs Would Possibly stated Mr Annan reformed the UN and made a “massive contribution to making the sector he has left a greater place than the only he used to be born into”.

Former high minister Tony Blair said he was a “nice diplomat, a real statesman and a wonderful colleague”.

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Mr Anann served as UN chief from 1997 to 2006 and was presented a Nobel Peace Prize.

Symbol copyright Getty Photographs Image caption Tony Blair remained pals with Kofi Annan, in spite of clashing over the Iraq warfare

Mr Blair stated: “I’m surprised and distressed to hear the scoop approximately Kofi. He was a fair friend whom I noticed only weeks in the past.”

He stated Mr Annan was once “extensively respected and will be a great deal missed”.

Mr Blair’s spell in No 10 coincided with Mr Annan’s time as secretary-common and the pair clashed over the 2003 invasion of Iraq, by way of US and British troops – a struggle which Mr Annan referred to as unlawful.

Mr Brown, who is lately the UN special envoy for international education, mentioned it had been “a privilege” to paintings with Mr Annan.

Image copyright Getty Photographs Image caption Gordon Brown says Kofi Annan fought during his existence towards poverty and injustice

He said: “Kofi Annan was a pacesetter of leaders, an exquisite humanitarian and the most compassionate and being concerned of individuals.

“Personally modest and at all times softly spoken, he used to be a titan among global statesman who saw mistaken and righted it and who witnessed evil and at all times fought it.

“Even in his later years he fought in opposition to poverty, injustice and conflict with the entire vigour of teenybopper and that i had the privilege of running with him in contemporary times.”

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, each praised Mr Annan’s humanitarian paintings and willpower to in search of peaceful resolutions.

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Kofi Annan dedicated his existence to construction a extra just and peaceful international.

His efforts in give a boost to of battle answer and human rights will likely be remembered. He looked for a peaceful path whilst others searched for war.

My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 18, 2018


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Unhappy to listen to the news of the demise of Kofi Annan. As a former UN secretary-basic and Nobel Peace Laureate, he dedicated his life to human rights and construction bridges among countries. he’s going to at all times be remembered as a great humanitarian and a tireless recommend for peace. pic.twitter.com/TNplc45boL

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 18, 2018


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Mr Annan was once offered the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for serving to to revitalise the global frame, all over a duration that coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic.

He later served because the UN unique envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a calm technique to the struggle.

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