Monday, December 11, 2006

Annan hits Bush administration in farewell address

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized the Bush government in his farewell speech on Monday.

Speaking at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Annan said that the U.S. "appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused."

Secretary General Kofi Annan smiles as he attends the Annual United Nations Correspondents Association Dinner Dance at U.N. headquarters in New York, Friday Dec. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Secretary General Kofi Annan smiles at the Annual United Nations Correspondents Association Dinner Dance at U.N. headquarters in New York, Friday Dec. 8, 2006. AP Photo/Tina Fineberg via Yahoo News.

"Human rights and the rule of law are vital to global security and prosperity," said Annan who has become a vocal critic of the war. He leaves office on Dec. 31 after 10 years as secretary-general.

"The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not dominate the peoples of the world," Annan said.


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