Ban saddened by death of Ghanaian President

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with President John Atta Mills of Ghana on 2 December 2011.
UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with President John Atta Mills of Ghana on 2 December 2011.

Ban saddened by death of Ghanaian President

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is saddened by the death of the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, and offered his heartfelt condolences to the late leader’s family and the Government and the people of the country.

“President Mills will be remembered for his statesmanship and years of dedicated service to his country,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

“At this time of national mourning, the Secretary-General renews the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the Government and the people of Ghana in support of their efforts to consolidate the country’s democratic and development achievements.”

According to media reports, Mr. Mills, 68, suffered from throat cancer and died in a hospital in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

He had ruled the West African country since 2009.