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Listen: Tributes Pour In For Kofi Annan, On His Death.

: 08/18/2018 - 16:15

Tributes are being paid to the former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, who has died at the age of 80.

The current secretary general, António Guterres, and British Prime Minister, Theresa May, are among those to pay their respects while here at home, the President says he'll be remembered for his "inspirational leadership."

Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, described him as an "exceptional international statesman" and noted the strong support he showed for the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Mr Annan served as the world's top diplomat between 1997 and 2006 and also won the Nobel Peace prize for his humanitarian work.

Edward Mortimer served as chief speechwriter and policy adviser to him from 1998 to 2006:

15annan.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

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