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What did Kofi Annan mean to Southeast Asia?

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KOFI ANNAN meant different things to different people. In his ten years as UN secretary-general, and in his work that followed, Annan left his mark on all corners of the world through his policies and passion for peace.

While he admitted to some deep regrets in his long career – namely his slow response to the Rwandan genocide – he also had many significant successes.

Ghana-born, the 80-year-old diplomat never forgot his love and commitment to the continent he called home, focusing much of his post-UN efforts on developing African nations. But he also worked in a leading capacity on international humanitarian endeavours that impacted millions in Asia.

It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness… pic.twitter.com/42nGOxmcPZ

— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) August 18, 2018

Following his death on Saturday, we look back at the influence he had in Southeast Asia and the lasting – and not so lasting – impacts he had on the region.

Rohingya intervention

Annan’s most recent intervention in Southeast Asia was through his role as head of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, tasked with drawing up proposals for how Burma (Myanmar) could foster reconciliation between different communities living in the restive region.

The final 63-page report produced detailed how the Rohingya community was vulnerable to human rights abuses due to a protracted conflict, statelessness and discrimination. It called........

© Asian Correspondent