31 March 2004
Secretary-General Saddened by Death of Alistair Cooke
NEW YORK, 30 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General was saddened by the death of Alistair Cooke. The Secretary-General was a great admirer of Mr. Cookes renowned Letter from America. But Mr. Cooke also had a special place in the history of the United Nations. In 1945, as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian, he covered the San Francisco conference at which the United Nations was founded. And from 1961 to 1967, he was the producer and on-camera presenter for International Zone, a globally distributed programme on world affairs produced by the UN Department of Public Information. The Secretary-General pays tribute to Mr. Cookes lifelong efforts to increase mutual understanding between peoples, and extends condolences to Mr. Cookes family and all others touched by this loss.
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