Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died in Geneva
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed condolences over the death of former United Nations (UN) secretary general Kofi Annan.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died at the age of 80 in Geneva, Switzerland, his foundation said on Saturday.
In a condolence message, the president expressed profound shock at the death of Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat who served as UN secretary general from 1997 to 2006.
“People of the world will remember Kofi Annan for his outstanding contribution to establishing democracy and human rights,” he said.
Abdul Hamid also conveyed sympathy to Kofi Annan’s bereaved family members, reports the BSS.
“Kofi Annan will always be remembered for his support to the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, through the report of the Advisory Commission,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a condolence message.
The prime minister expressed her deepest sorrow for the loss of a leader who never shied away from taking a difficult challenge.
“He took up the arduous task of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State with utmost sincerity,” she said.
The premier also said Kofi Annan had dedicated his life to global peace and ensuring human rights across the world.
Sheikh Hasina added that the people of Bangladesh “will always remember him for standing by us in our efforts to promote democracy and economic development.”
“He [Kofi Annan] also always rendered his support for our contributions in the promotion of global peace through our participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations,” she said.
“We convey our sincere condolences to his bereaved family members and colleagues,” Sheikh Hasina added.
Kofi Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator at the United Nations. He served two terms as UN secretary-general, from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006. Kofi Annan and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.