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Desmond Tutu's praise for "outstanding human being" Kofi Annan

By: stagedoorscribbler - August 30, 2018

Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

The world was rocked by the death of former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan earlier this month and Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu was among the many who praised his life and work.

He described his fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as "an outstanding human being who represented our continent and the world with enormous graciousness, integrity and distinction".

It has already been announced that Annan, who was 80, will receive a state funeral and burial in his native Ghana on September 13.

He spent four decades working at the UN and was widely regarded as one of the finest career diplomats of his generation. A natural mediator who  exuded a quiet charisma.

Annan served two terms as secretary general  and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 at a time when the world was  in shock following from the September 11 attacks in the USA.  

The award was shared jointly with the UN "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".