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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Statement on the Passing of Kofi Annan

August 18, 2018
Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the passing of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

"Few will ever lead with the dignity and grace that Kofi Annan lead with, or accomplish more for the world than Kofi Annan accomplished. 

“The first person from Sub-Saharan Africa to lead the United Nations, Mr. Annan served with ceaseless compassion and responsibility to those in need around the world.  Mr. Annan’s dignified statesmanship was revealed as the legendary humanitarian’s greatest strength as he transformed relationships and improved lives, not just during his term as U.N Secretary General, but throughout his decorated career and life. 

“Especially today, in a country of ever-deteriorating diplomacy, we will miss Kofi Annan - a visionary and pillar of not only African diplomacy and opportunity, but worldwide prosperity and peace.”

Learn more about the life of Kofi Annan here.