Ex-UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

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Ex-UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

<p>The former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died.</p> <p>The news was announced at the UN Security Council by its president for February, the Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno.</p> <p>Boutros-Ghali, who was 93, served one term as UN chief from 1992 to 1996. </p> <p>An Egyptian, he was the first Arab secretary-general, and the first from Africa. He associated himself with the famine in Somalia and organised the first massive UN relief operation in the Horn of Africa nation.</p> <p>But elsewhere his efforts proved less successful as the world struggled to come to terms with the <br /> post-communist period, underestimating the intensity of many conflicts.</p> <p><iframe src="//giphy.com/embed/xT0BKxwlPUejdEMl6o" width="606" height="444" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/xT0BKxwlPUejdEMl6o"></a></p></p> <p>Boutros-Ghali was criticised for the UN’s failure to act during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.</p> <p>The organisation was also seen as impotent in the face of the wars in the Balkans, and he was jeered during a visit to Sarajevo.</p> <p>Upon news of his death, the UN Security Council observed a minute’s silence in tribute. No further details were immediately available.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thoughts with the family of Boutros Boutros-Ghali today. Led <a href="https://twitter.com/UN"><code>UN</a> during 1 of the most difficult periods in history. <a href="https://t.co/wJWCXObyrv">pic.twitter.com/wJWCXObyrv</a></p>&mdash; UKUN_NewYork (</code>UKUN_NewYork) <a href="https://twitter.com/UKUN_NewYork/status/699620535836286976">February 16, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>