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    UNIS/SG/2763
    15 January 2001
     

    SECRETARY-GENERAL PRAISES TIRELESS EFFORTS, EXTRAORDINARY
    CONTRIBUTION OF BERNARD KOUCHNER IN KOSOVO

    NEW YORK, 12 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement of Secretary-General Kofi Annan in tribute of Bernard Kouchner was issued today in New York:

    I wish to express my deep gratitude to Bernard Kouchner for his service to the United Nations and the people of Kosovo as he concludes his term as my Special Representative. A man of remarkable talents, deep intellect and great charisma, Bernard Kouchner has devoted his life’s work to helping the most vulnerable of our world, and to ensuring that their calls for justice and peace do not go unheeded. Never one to be satisfied with words alone, he has not shied away from dramatic action to address urgent needs. It was in this spirit that he accepted the challenge of leading the United Nations mission in Kosovo, and helping its people rebuild the fabric of their society after years of repression and conflict. Though much remains to be done, and many wounds remain unhealed, the healing has begun, and a better future is now in sight -- not least, thanks to the tireless efforts and extraordinary contribution of Bernard Kouchner. I join his many friends and admirers in wishing him all success in the future.

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