The UN General Secretary's undisturbed calm vanished into thin air today when, during a press conference, he lashed at a journalist who was asking uncomfortable questions about his son, Reuters informed.
"I think you're being very cheeky. Listen James Bone, you've been behaving like an overgrown schoolboy in this room for many, many months and years. You are an embarrassment to your colleagues and to your profession. Please
stop misbehaving and please let's move on to a serious journalist," said an angry Annan.
According to Reuters, the journalist the UN General Secretary was talking to was James Bone, of The Times of London, who started to ask questions about his son, Annan Kojo, who allegedly imported a Mercedes-Benz car in using his father's diplomatic status to avoid taxes.
Asked again if he bought a Mercedes for his son avoiding taxes, Annan said: "I know you are all obsessed about the car. If you want to know more about it, please direct the questions to his lawyer or to him."
Aside from the incident with the English journalist, Annan also criticized the unfair media coverage on the role he and Kojo Annan had in the UN oil-for-food program.
"I'm not afraid of criticism," the General Secretary told reporters.
"Some criticisms have been constructive and helpful and I accept that. Some have been out of place and have really gone beyond the zone of all reasonableness, and you wouldn't expect me or anybody in this house to accept that," he added.