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Boutros Boutros-Ghali dead
Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died.

Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, president of the Security Council, revealed the news this afternoon.

Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian, was 93 and served one five-year term as UN chief from 1992 to 1996.

No further details were given on his death.

As the United Nations' first secretary-general from Africa, Boutros-Ghali associated himself with the famine in Somalia and organized the first massive U.N. relief operation in the Horn of Africa nation.

Reuters British Prime Minister John Major greets Boutros-Boutros Ghali, the United Nations Secretary General

British Prime Minister John Major greets Boutros-Boutros Ghali

Reuters Boutros Boutros Ghali meets with Malcolm Rifkind MP at United Nations headquarters in New York

Boutros Boutros Ghali meets with Malcolm Rifkind MP

But success eluded him there and elsewhere as the United Nations tottered in an increasingly disorderly post-communist world, with the world body and the big Security Council powers underestimating the deep animosity behind many conflicts.

He was criticized for the U.N's failure to act during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and for not pushing hard enough for UN intervention to end Angola's civil war in the 1990s, which was
at the time one of the longest running conflicts in the world.

Boutros-Ghali found himself jeered in Sarajevo, Mogadishu and Addis Ababa.

His style was to wade into crowds and confront protesters when security guards permitted.

He once said: "I am used to fundamentalists in Egypt arguing with me."

He shocked many in Sarajevo when he said he was not trying to belittle the horrors in Bosnia but that there were other countries where the "total dead was greater than here."

In Ethiopia, he told Somali warlords and clan leaders to stop accusing the United Nations and him of colonialism, adding that Somalis should be worried that former colonial powers would ignore their plight if they continued to fight.

"The Cold War is finished," he said. "Nobody is interested in the poor countries in Africa or anywhere in the world. They can easily forget Somalia in 24 hours."

READ: BIOGRAPHY OF BOUTROS BOUTROS GHALI

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