Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 20:06:41 -0500
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 20:06:41 -0500

Secretary-General celebrates life of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

28 October - Secretary-General Kofi Annan tonight paid tribute to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan at a memorial ceremony in New York for the prominent international civil servant.

Prince Sadruddin served the United Nations with distinction, most notably as the youngest and longest-serving UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1965-1977), and later as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Annan told the memorial service.

"Blessed with a unique grasp of multicultural complexities, Prince Sadruddin played an outstanding role as mediator, facilitator and leader. By focusing on the protection of refugees, he represented the moral and compassionate side of the international community," Mr Annan said.

The Secretary-General described Prince Sadruddin as "cosmopolitan and compassionate, caring and charismatic," and offered his condolences to Prince Sadruddin's wife, Princess Catherine Aleya Aga Khan, and the rest of his family.

Prince Sadruddin died on 12 May in Boston after a long illness. He was 70 years old.