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Christian diplomat Boutros-Ghali dies aged 93

Fri 19 Feb 2016
By Aaron James

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Coptic Christian Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died aged 93.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali was admitted to hospital on February 16th with broken bones and never recovered.

Mr Boutros-Ghali served as Egypt's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for more than ten years before becoming the first Secretary-General of the United Nations from Africa, serving from 1992-1996.

His tenure was controversial, with some arguing the United Nations didn't do enough to stop the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1995 Bosnian genocide.

Others have issued support for its responses, arguing they kept the United Nations in its correct role as peacekeepers rather than belligerents, and for maintaining the UN's independence from America - a country which emerged as the dominant world power after the end of the Cold War.

He was one of only two UN Secretary-Generals not to be re-elected for a second term of office.

The 93-year-old also achieved a landmark peace deal between Egypt and Israel, and was Secretary-General of La Francophonie - a French-speaking league of nations - and President of the Egyptian National Council of Human Rights.

He received a full state funeral and procession, with the service held at Egypt's largest Coptic cathedral in the capital Cairo.

The Patriarch of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawardros II, said at Boutros Boutros-Ghali's funeral that the country was bidding "farewell to this fine example in Egyptian life and in Egyptian history".


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