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FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, pose before the Action Group on Syria meeting at the United Nation's Headquarters in Geneva June 30, 2012. REUTERS/Haraz N. Ghanbari/Pool/File Photo
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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Kofi Annan pose before the Action Group on Syria meeting at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva in 2012

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, right, meets UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Baghdad Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998. Annan is in Baghdad in a last attempt to reach and peaceful solution to the current standoff between Iraq and the UN. (AP Photo/INA, Pool)
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Meeting Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s president, in Baghdad in 1998 in an attempt to reach a peaceful solution to the stand-off between Iraq and the UN

NORWAY OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by HEIKO JUNGE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9793467a) (FILE) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (L) and President of the UN General Assembly Han Seung-soo (R) present their Nobel Peace Prize Awards during teh ceremony at Oslo City Hall, Norway, 10 December 2001 (reissued 18 August 2018). According to reports, the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan died on 18 August 2018 at the age of 80. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan dead at 80, Oslo, Norway - 10 Dec 2001
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Mr Annan and Han Seung-soo, president of the UN General Assembly, show off their Nobel Peace Prize awards at Oslo City Hall, Norway, in 2001

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 8, 1998 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan walks by skulls at the Mulire Genocide memorial. - Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died on August 18, 2018 after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced.
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In 1998 the UN secretary-general visited the Mulire Genocide memorial in Rwanda

FILE PHOTO - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets U.N. Syria peace envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus July 9, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/File Photo THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in talks with Mr Annan in Damascus in 2012

FILe - In this file photo dated Sunday, 10 Aug, 1997, Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, right, and UN General Secretary Kofi Annan, sit in a rowboat on a lake near the Swedish premiere's summer residence in Harpsund, Sweden. It is a tradition many decades old for the Swedish Prime Minister to row at Harpsund with foreign visitors. Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died aged 80, according to an announcement by his foundation Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Bertil Ericson, FILE)
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Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and Mr Annan, on a Swedish lake in 1997. Tradition dictates Sweden’s PM rows a boat at his summer residence at Harpsund with foreign visitors

REMOVING EXTRANEOUS WORDING Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan (R) talks to Nelson Mandela at the fifth annual Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg, 22 July 2007. Annan delivered the lecture which was launched four years ago by former US president Bill Clinton within the framework of Mandela's 85th birthday celebrations. South Africa's Nobel peace prize laureate, who turned 89 this year, helped launch a new think tank of world statesmen which will strive to resolve global conflict and the world's most pressing issues. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mr Annan and Nelson Mandela at the fifth annual Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 file photo U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan greets President Bush at U.N. headquarters before the start of the 58th U.N. General Assembly. Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.(AP Photo/Scott Applewhite, File)
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The former secretary-general greeting President George W Bush at UN headquarters in 2003

FILE PHOTO - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan consoles family members of victims of last April's massacre by pro-Indonesia militia in Liquisa, 30 km west of DIli February 17, 2000. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside/File Photo
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Mr Annan consoles family members of victims of a massacre by pro-Indonesia militia in Liquisa, East Timor, in 2000

Members of the The Elders foundation Kofi Annan, left, meets with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, July, 20, 2018. The visit to Zimbabwe is a key focus of concern for The Elders in providing support as the country prepares to hold elections on July 30. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Mr Annan meets Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare in July 2018

Former United Nations Secretary-General...Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan poses in Geneva, 01 April 2007, following a meeting in which he agreed to chair the committee which will award a US$5 million dollars prize for achievement in African leadership, founded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. AFP PHOTO/CHRIS YOUNG --EMBARGO UNTILL 00GMT 02/04/2007-- (Photo credit should read CHRIS YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mr Annan in Geneva following a meeting in which he agreed to chair the committee which will award a $5m prize for achievement in African leadership, founded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

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