Kofi Annan Voice Makes One Smile And Think Of Music – UN
Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations has described voice of the late Bosumuru Kofi Atta Annan as a “gentle voice" that made one smile
Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations has described voice of the late Bosumuru Kofi Atta Annan as a “gentle voice” that made one smile and think of music and said words were tough and wise and sometimes the graver the situation, the lower the voice got.
In an address, Guterres hailed Annan, who served as the seventh U.N. Secretary-General between 1997 and 2006, as an exceptional global leader with a deep faith in the role of the United Nations as a force for good.
He praised Mr Annan’s ability to bring different people together and unite them for their common goals and for ‘our common humanity’, adding that, Kofi Annan defied the old joke about the art of diplomacy, which is to say nothing, especially when one was speaking.
“Kofi Annan could say everything, sometimes without uttering the words. It came from the dignity, from the vision and the humanity that was so deep in him,” he stated.
Mr Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal, said although the late statesman had a gentle voice that made one smile and think of music, his words were tough and wise and sometimes the graver the situation, the lower the voice got.
Kofi Annan, he said, was courageous and spoke the truth and subjected himself to intense scrutiny and as UN Secretary General, had an almost mystical sense of how to use the UN as a force for good in a world of ills.
“Kofi Annan was the United Nations and the United Nations was him,” he said, to thunderous applause.
Annan, a Ghanaian of Ashanti lineage, was granted a royal title by the Ashanti king in 2002. The elders said the rites, including presenting him with clothing and water, were necessary to clear the path for a peaceful “travel” for their royal.
Around 6,000 mourners packed the auditorium for Thursday’s official service – the climax of a multi-day funeral ceremony, which has seen his coffin, draped in the Ghanaian national colours, displayed for public viewing.