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

By Kofi Annan
Posted on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:05

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.

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