SANTO DOMINGO. - The
Dominican president, Leonel Fernandez, granted
yesterday the highest Dominican Republic
decoration to UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan,
for his service in favor of Pease and progress.
Annan received the "Duarte,
Sanchez and Mella Order to merit", in the "Great
Cross Plate of Silver" degree, during a ceremony
celebrated in the National Palace.
Dominican chancellor, Carlos
Morales Troncoso, said during the ceremony
“Annan has accomplished a brilliant career in
the UN" since he began in 1962 as the
organization’s administrative officer in Geneva,
"Mr. Annan merits exceed in
qualifications for him to receive this warm and
sincere recognition from the Dominican
Government and it’s people”, he added.
The Ghanaian diplomat, who
visits Dominican Republic for the first time,
was thankful for the decoration extended and the
hospitality the nation has offered him.
“Dominican Republic receives
a visit from a UN Secretary General for the
first time which, we accepted without
complaints, especially after that organism’s 61
year history and, when the visit is in the
person of a man with the virtues,
sensitivity, intelligence and the courage that
characterizes Kofi Annan", said President