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This remarkable man and great politician dedicated many years of his life to serving the United Nations. He served at the helm of the UN during a complicated period and did a great deal to achieve the goals and tasks of the Organisation, enhancing its central role in global affairs.
Especially significant was his personal contribution to building up the peacemaking potential of the UN and settling a number of regional conflicts.
The world community did justice to Kofi Annan’s efforts as evidenced by the Nobel Prize awarded to him.
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with Kofi Annan personally. I sincerely admired his wisdom and courage, and his ability to make balanced decisions even in the most complicated and critical situations.
The memory of Kofi Annan will remain in the hearts of Russians forever.
Please relate my words of heartfelt sympathy and support to Mr Annan’s family and friends, the staff of the UN Secretariat, and the government and people of Ghana.