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01/29/04 - Brussels, Belgium

UN's Annan Accepts Europe's Top Human Rights Prize

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan received the European Union's top human rights prize today.

Annan was awarded the annual Sakharov prize on behalf of all UN staff, and in memory of his envoy to Iraq and other United Nations workers killed in the line of duty.

Annan used his acceptance speech to urge Europe to open its borders to more refugees and migrants seeking a "new life." Annan told the European Parliament that a closed Europe is a "meaner, poorer, weaker, older Europe."

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