Tunisia pays respects to US mission chief in Haiti

January 22, 2010

Relatives, friends and officials pay their respects - Le Temps

Tunisia has paid rich tribute to Hedi Annabi, the Tunisian UN mission chief in Haiti who died in the devastating January 12 earthquake.
In a moving solemn ceremony at Tunis-Carthage International Airport, where the remains were flown, Tunisia’s foreign minister Kamel Morjane paid respects to the former diplomat, saying he was “unanimously appreciated for his great human and professional qualities.”
Alain Le Roy, UN Deputy secretary general in charge of peacekeeping operations, who attended the ceremony alongside Annabi’s family and friends said that his death was “a huge loss to the United Nations and for the cause of peace in the world. He was the father, the pillar and the soul of the peacekeeping operations … in various regions of the world.”
“He was a wonderful son of Tunisia who gave a good image of his country to the United Nations,” LeRoy said.
Annabi, 65, was assistant secretary general at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, from 1997 to 2007, before his appointment Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti which includes 7,800 UN peacekeepers.
He holds a degree in political science from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, a degree in English language and literature from the University of Tunis, and a master’s degree in international relations from Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales in Geneva. He moved to the United Nations in 1981, joining the UN team mediating the tensions in south-east Asia.
Annabi died when the five-story Christopher Hotel, which housed the UN offices, collapsed.



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