Latest News

Body of former UN secretary general returned to Ghana

Monday, September 10, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


ACCRA, Ghana (AFP) — The body of Kofi Annan was on Monday returned to his native Ghana in a solemn ceremony marking the start of official mourning for the former UN secretary-general.

Annan's wife Nane Maria Annan, his children and senior officials from the world body accompanied the casket, which was draped in the blue UN flag, as it arrived from Geneva.

The career diplomat and Nobel peace laureate — the first UN leader from sub-Saharan Africa — died on August 18 after a short illness at the age of 80.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has praised Annan as "one of the most illustrious people of this generation", was among the dignitaries at the arrival ceremony.

Others included traditional leaders, senior members of the clergy, the hierarchy of the Ghana armed forces and politicians.

His coffin was borne by six Ghanaian soldiers and the Last Post played. The UN standard was then removed and replaced with the red, yellow and green flag of Ghana.

"Our son" Annan, who lived in Switzerland near the UN European headquarters in Geneva, was now "at home", those attending were told.

The public will get the chance to pay its respects from Tuesday while scores of world leaders past and present as well as royalty are expected at Thursday's state funeral.

A private burial service will then be held in Accra's military cemetery.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT