Former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

  • Former United Nations chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies on February 16 in Cairo, Egypt
  • He served as UN’s 6th secretary-general from 1992 to 1996
  • He was admitted at a hospital for a broken pelvis
  • He was 93 years old

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the 6th secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), passed away on Tuesday, February 16. He was 93 years old.

Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian politician and diplomat prior to being elected to the UN’s top post, served the body from January 1992 to December 1996; succeeding Javier Perez de Cuellar.

His nearly five-year term in the UN was marred by the Rwandan Genocide, the Angolan Civil War and the Somali crisis in Africa, as well as the Yugoslavian war in Europe. The United Nations was heavily criticized for its failure to act and resolve those crisis with Boutros-Ghali at the helm.

His leadership is also best remembered for his animosity towards the United States; prompting the latter to veto his nomination for the second term as UN chief. He was eventually succeeded by Kofi Anan.

The Cairo-born politician belongs to a Coptic Christian family in Egypt. His grandfather Boutros Ghali once served as the country’s Prime Minister in 1908 until his assassination two years later.

He was Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1991 during President Anwar Sadat’s term before his election to the UN. (Click here to read more)

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