Former UN chief Kofi Annan has died: foundation

Form UN Secretary General Kofi Anna has died according to reports.
Form UN Secretary General Kofi Anna has died according to reports.
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Former United Nations secretary general and Nobel Peace laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80 after a short illness‚ his family and foundation announced on Saturday.

They said in a statement he had died peacefully on Saturday morning.

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died in Switzerland after a short illness. Annan was 80 years old. Subscribe to TimesLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive

A Ghanaian‚ Annan was the seventh and first black African UN secretary general‚ serving in the role as the world’s top diplomat from between 1997 and 2006. He won the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work.

He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria‚ leading efforts to try to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The Koffi Annan Foundation described him as a “global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world".

"Wherever there was suffering or need‚ he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first‚ radiating genuine kindness‚ warmth and brilliance in all he did."

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