GENEVA | The Latest: Merkel: ‘We will greatly miss’ Annan’s voice
GENEVA — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “inspired me and many others with his ideas, his firm convictions and, not least, his charisma.”
Merkel says in a statement that Annan, who died early Saturday in Switzerland, shaped the United Nations “like hardly anyone before him” and said that “he knew how to spark enthusiasm, particularly among young people.”
Merkel adds that “in our present time, in which the common search for solutions to global problems is more urgent than ever, we will greatly miss Kofi Annan’s voice.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a separate statement is mourning the “passing of my old friend and inspiration.”
He adds that “the greatest recognition we can give Kofi Annan is to keep his legacy and his spirit alive.