Annan was a friend of JA - Phillips
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips says the world has lost one of the defining figures of the international community of modern time with the passing of former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Dr Phillips says Annan exemplified the quiet dignity and intellectual strength that defined and fuelled global changes and brought a new level of understanding to international relations.
The former Nobel Peace Prize Laureate died this morning at a hospital in Switzerland after a brief illness.
The first black African to serve as UN chief, he is widely credited with playing a pivotal role in the global response to crises such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Iraq War and climate change.
Dr Phillips said that Annan’s famous quote "suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere" speaks volumes to the heart and soul of late world leader.
“He was Secretary General of the UN for ten years and still today, he is one of the best known and more effective Secretaries General of our time," he said.
"Mr Annan was a friend of Jamaica who visited the island on many occasions. He was the consummate diplomat and a man who was committed to programmes that sought to improve the lives of vulnerable and oppressed people globally," Phillips added.