The former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who died last Saturday, aged 80 will be buried in his native Ghana, his family announced on Thursday.The announcement from his family put to rest arguments about where the Nobel Peace Prize winner should be buried.
“The government of Ghana will shortly announce the arrangements for a state ceremony, which will take place in Accra,” the family announced in a statement.
However, it said the United Nations will hold memorial events in New York and Geneva for its former secretary general prior to the ceremony in Ghana.
“The dates for those events will be announced in due course,” the statement added.
“The family has kindly asked that no flowers be sent. For those still wishing to have their thoughts and support reflected in a gift, they suggest a contribution to the Kofi Annan Foundation:www.kofiannanfoundation.org/donate,” it stated.
“The Annan family wishes to thank most sincerely the many who have expressed their condolences following the passing of Kofi Annan. The family has found great solace in the outpouring of love and support.”
Mr. Annan passed on last Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, sparking a flurry of tributes internationally over his work for peace around the world.
He is the only African to date to hold the position on UN secretary General.