Opposition leader pays tribute to former UN Secretary General

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan speaks at a ceremonial ringing of the Peace Bell during the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 21, 2006. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky/Files

THE UN’s former secretary-general Kofi Annan will be remembered as a great leader and a great reformer of the UN, says Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

In a statement yesterday, Ro Teimumu Kepa said Mr Annan’s legacy in being a global champion for peace would continue to be a source of inspiration to everyone.

Mr Annan died last Saturday aged 80.

“The Opposition joins the world in mourning the untimely passing of the former UN Secretary-General, His Excellency Mr Kofi Annan,” Ro Teimumu said.

“His Excellency was a global statesman who served in the UN with honour and dynamism. He commanded the respect of the international community.

“Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with Mrs Nane Annan and family during this most difficult time and may the Peacemaker rest with grace and power,” she said.

Mr Annan served as the seventh UN secretary-general, from 1997 to 2006.

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