Former UN chief Kofi Annan to be buried after state funeral

Published 09-13-2018

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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) - Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be buried Thursday after a three-day funeral and ceremony.

Mourners have thronged to the conference center in Accra, where his coffin has been since Monday. Many attending described him as a peaceful man who dedicated himself to global security.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Afufo-Addo has ordered Ghana's flags to fly at Half-mast as dignitaries, including the current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, attend. Presidents from Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Niger and Namibia are also attending.

A private burial will follow the ceremony, with a 17-gun salute and full military honors.

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Kofi Annan's son Kojo Annan, left, widow Nane Annan, 2nd left, and daughter Ama Annan, center, join other family members to pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Guards of a Ghanaian chief wear black and plants on their heads, a tradition when going to a funeral, and queue outside to pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Ghanaian chiefs queue outside to pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Mourners blow horns and pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped in the Ghana flag, lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped in the Ghana flag, lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


A woman wearing traditional dress dances and members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag, lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Ghanaian chiefs pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag, lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Ghanaian chiefs pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with the Ghana flag, lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


A woman mourns and members of the public pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press


Kofi Annan's daughter Nina Cronstedt, 2nd left, son Kojo Annan, center-left, widow Nane Annan, center-right, and daughter Ama Annan, right, join other family members to pay their respects as the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lies in state at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Ghanaians are paying their respects to Annan, who died in August in Switzerland at age 80, ahead of Thursday's state funeral. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) - The Associated Press