Kofi Annan, former UN chief died

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan died today, at the age of 80, according to the Foundation that bears his name.

“The Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General and the Nobel Peace Prize winner, died peacefully on Saturday, August 18, after a short illness,” the institution’s statement said.

Annan, who had been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, was born in Ghana in 1938. In 1962, he joined the World Health Organization, a UN-based office in Geneva. He assumed various positions of commander in UN services and in 1997 he became Secretary General, a post that lasted until 2006.

According to two close associates who spoke at Reuters, Kofi Annan died in the early hours of the morning in a hospital in Bern where he was hospitalized. His name had been linked to his proposal for the solution of the Cyprus problem, a proposal rejected by the Cypriot people.