Former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali dies
Boutros Boutros Ghali - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali died at 94 years old Tuesday, various media reported.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali was a prominent political figure in Egypt since the presidency of Anwar Sadat. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1977 to 1991. He was elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1991, serving until 1997, when he was succeeded by Kofi Annan.

His post was controversial during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, and he was vetoed from a second term as Secretary General by the United States.

He was president of the Curatorium Administrative Council at the Gague Academy of International Law.

After the New Year’s Eve bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria on the eve of 2011, Boutros-Ghali, a Coptic Christian, spoke to a German newspaper on behalf of Coptic Christians about the deadly event. He said despite the event, the bonds between Christians and Muslims in Egypt are “far too old to be destroyed.”

Further details to follow. 

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