April 24, 2001 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a youth magazine he considers former South African President Nelson Mandela and French President Jacques Chirac the most humorous world leaders he has met. In an interview published in the May issue of Nickelodeon magazine, Annan was asked which world leader had the best sense of humor. "Nelson Mandela has a good sense of humor. And so does Jacques Chirac," he replied.
February 18, 2000 |
An emotional U.N. chief Kofi Annan was greeted with cheers and tears when he arrived in East Timor, laying a wreath at a church where dozens of people were massacred during a wave of violence last year. Annan and his wife, Nane, shed tears as he laid the wreath in the town of Liquisa, scene of some of the worst bloodshed before and after a U.N.-run vote in which the East Timorese overwhelmingly chose to break away from Indonesian rule. A U.N.
August 16, 2005 |
The U.N. announced new measures Monday to strengthen oversight of contracting after a senior U.N. official pleaded guilty last week to soliciting nearly $1 million in bribes for confidential bidding information. An outside consulting firm will soon join the U.N.'s internal investigators and the U.S. attorney's office in examining how many contracts may have gone to the highest bribe, not the lowest bid, and to ensure it doesn't happen again.
January 7, 2003 |
When Kofi Annan was growing up in Ghana, his father used to dispense advice in proverb form. Annan, now secretary-general of the United Nations, remembers hating his boss and asking his dad whether he should tell the guy off to his face. Came the reply, "Son, you don't hit a man on his head if you've got your fingers between his teeth." As usual, Annan had to walk away and interpret the reply, he recalls with a grin. It's no wonder he grew up to become such a skilled diplomat. He needs to be.
May 9, 1998 |
In one of many difficult moments during his visit to Rwanda, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was taken Friday to a massacre site where a genocide survivor told how he and fellow Tutsis held off Hutu killers for eight days with rocks, machetes and sticks--while hoping for rescue from U.N. peacekeepers who never came.
November 5, 2005 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has canceled a trip to Tehran in the wake of the Iranian president's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map," the United Nations said Friday. Annan had planned to visit Iran's capital in mid-November, presumably to talk about Iran's controversial nuclear program. International condemnation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks has mounted, and Annan expressed "dismay" last week over the Oct. 26 comments in a rare rebuke of a U.N. member.
July 2, 1998 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has met with Moshood Abiola, Nigeria's best-known political prisoner and the presumed winner of presidential elections in 1993, diplomats said Wednesday. U.N. officials declined to comment on the reported meeting, but U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said Annan "is doing his utmost to persuade the government to release all political detainees, including Chief Abiola." A senior government source said Annan met both new military ruler Gen.
May 8, 1998 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan felt the full force of this nation's anger when he was blasted over the world body's handling of the 1994 genocide and then boycotted by top officials. In the capital, Kigali, Annan sat through a blistering indictment of the United Nations' failures before, during and after the genocide, delivered in parliament by Foreign Minister Anastase Gasana. Then he was stood up by the country's president, vice president and prime minister at a dinner in his honor.
October 18, 2004 |
The U.S.-led war in Iraq has done little to increase security across the world or halt the activities of international terrorists, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Sunday. "I cannot say the world is safer when you consider the violence around us, when you look around you and see the terrorist attacks around the world and you see what is going on in Iraq," Annan told Britain's ITV network.