In a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Kofi Annan compassion, sense of empathy, and calm demeanour soothed many who were grieving and in pain following the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka.
Annan visited Sri Lanka after the tsunami and visited those affected by the devastation.
“He served the United Nations with distinction. Calling himself an eternal optimist, he devoted his entire life to work towards peace among nations, peoples and communities, and achieve the noble goals of the United Nations towards achieving better living conditions and a fairer and just world for all, the Prime Minister said in his letter.
The Prime Minister said that Kofi Annan was a man of wisdom and his moral voice and guidance will be deeply missed at this time when the world seems to need his presence most.
“While Kofi Annan will forever remain in the hearts of the people that he touched, may his memory continue to inspire and guide all of us to continue our journey of working for peace, justice, democracy, rule of law, and human rights for all,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said. (Colombo Gazette)