Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – Following news of the death of former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to his widow Mrs. Nane M. Annan to offer his heartfelt condolences.
In his appreciation of Mr. Annan he wrote: “I admired the determination and the principles he brought to fulfilling his responsibilities as Secretary General of the United Nations, despite the many challenges he faced.
“Mr. Annan’s dedication to creating a more just and peaceful world, particularly in his championing of human rights, was properly acknowledged when he and the UN were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for the way he had revitalized the organization.
“It was a mark of his genuine large-heartedness that even after his retirement from the UN, he continued to be active in seeking the resolution of conflict in different parts of the world.”