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Posted on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:05

Kofi Annan on the death of Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi

By Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Noble Laureate/Photo/ReutersPrime  Minister  Meles  Zenawi  died  yesterday,  at the untimely age of 57. Our  thoughts  today  are  with  the Ethiopian people.

 

This is a challenging time for the country and its people. I ardently hope that the transition period will be smooth and peaceful and that Ethiopia sees leadership that  reflects  the  aspirations  of  its  people  and  realizes  the  potential  of  this extraordinary country.

Ethiopia, headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, has historically played a key role in both the region and the African continent, a role bolstered under the stewardship of Meles Zenawi. I hope that his successor will continue to be a driving force on a wide range of issues, from brokering peace negotiations to shaping development relationships.

Statement by Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Noble Laureate.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:25

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