Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies

by  |  published on February 16, 2016

Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country’s landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as U.N. secretary-general, died Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council announced.

Boutros-Ghali, who was 93, died in a Cairo hospital, Egyptian media reported.

The Egyptian served one five-year term as U.N. chief between 1992 and 1996. The Security Council held a one-minute moment of silence Tuesday after his death was announced by Venezuela’s U.N. Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, the current council president, Reuters reports.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi reportedly called Boutros-Ghali on Thursday to thank him for his work on behalf of Egypt and to wish him a speedy recovery.

Boutros-Ghali, the scion of a prominent Egyptian Christian political family, was the first U.N. chief from the African continent. He stepped into the post during a time of dramatic world changes, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a unipolar era dominated by the United States.

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