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Kofi Annan a standout diplomat

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The world has lost another of its truly outstanding servants with a passion for dedicated service to the cause of freedom, peace and development.

Kofi Annan was a man of unique and yet many distinctions. He was the first and, to date, only person who passed through the labyrinth of the United Nations and its many agencies to ascend to the post of secretary general by virtue of his brilliance.

His style was one of quiet but resolute diplomacy which would forestall conflict whenever possible and be ready to respond promptly and effectively whenever tension could not be defused or conflict averted.

The rich legacy Kofi Annan bequeaths must inspire "a new generation of men and women to carry on the relentless struggle into a new era when the hopes and aspirations of their martyrs and heroes will be realised once and for all".

Mine was the privilege of having known Kofi throughout the years and the honour of a productive working relationship which grew into a close brotherhood.

P.J. PATTERSON

Former Prime Minister