Kofi Annan, Former UN Chief, Dies

posted by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030 - 

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (WBZ AM)--Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Laureate,  Kofi Annan has died in Bern Switzerland after a short illness. He was 80 years old.

His foundation tweeted the announcement this morning describing him as a "global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world."

Annan was the first black African to serve as the world's top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later became special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to revivtalize the UN.

His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning.

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