Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN chief dies
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former Secretary General of the United Nations has died at a Cairo hospital in his native Egypt, the UN Security Council announced Tuesday.
The former UN boss was 93, and according reports in Cairo, he had been admitted following a broken pelvis.
Boutros-Ghali led the UN in the early 1990s as the organization was grappling with conflicts in Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia, Middle East, former Yugoslavia among others.
The current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid a glowing tribute to his predecessor.
“As Secretary-General, he presided over a dramatic rise in UN peacekeeping. He also presided over a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems, in the immediate aftermath of the cold war,” Mr. Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York this Tuesday.
The UN Secretary General underscored that “He (Boutros-Ghali) showed courage in posing difficult questions to the Member States, and rightly insisted on the independence of his office and of the Secretariat as a whole. His commitment to the United Nations – its mission and its staff – was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the Organization is indelible.”
During his one 5 year-term, Boutros-Ghali clashed with the United States on several issues.