WJC mourns death of Kofi Annan, a ‘tour de force’ within the UN

August 19, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The World Jewish Congress mourns the death of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan

“Former Secretary General Annan was a dedicated diplomat who throughout his life embodied the mandate of the United Nations to foster relations and cooperation among members of the international community,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

“Mr. Annan’s tenure as secretary general spanned some of the most difficult years of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the bus bombings of the 1990s, Israel’s 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon, the entirety of the second Intifada which wreaked deadly terror across Israel, and the Second Lebanon War in 2006, in which he helped secure a truce between Israel and Hezbollah,” Lauder said.

“While his politics were often radically different from those of the Israeli government and the Jewish Diaspora, he made clear his position that the right of the State of Israel to exist was not up for negotiation, nor was the Jewish people’s historic connection to the land,” Lauder added.

“Under Mr. Annan’s watch as secretary general in 2005, the United Nations established International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a critical mechanism of commemoration for the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and the millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis,” Lauder said. “Every year on January 27, thanks to Mr. Annan, the world remembers the greatest genocide in history and reflects on the tragic consequences that can arise from complacency to hatred.”

“The WJC will always remember Mr. Annan as a tour de force within the halls of the United Nations,” Lauder said.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow over the passing of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

He said: “We will remember him as having been very active in the international arena and as someone who fought antisemitism and Holocaust denial. We send our condolences to his widow and his family.”

Mr. Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938, and was fluent in English, French and several African languages.

Kofi Annan died on 18 August 2018 in Bern, Switzerland, at the age of 80.


One Response to “WJC mourns death of Kofi Annan, a ‘tour de force’ within the UN”
  1. Eion Isaac says:

    Kofi Annan felt deep regret and remorse at the failure of the U.N. to stop the terrible Rwandan Genocide in 1994 in which 800,000 were murdered in one hundred days .
    And the Superpowers could easily intervened and halted the Massive Atrocities .

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