Former Egyptian UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali dead at 93
Former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali dead at 93. (AFP/File)
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN Secretary General, has died aged 93.
His death was confirmed by the UN Security Council.
Venezuela's U.N. Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, the current council president, announced his passing at the start of a meeting on Yemen's humanitarian crisis Tuesday and asked members to rise for a moment of silence. Fifteen members stood in silence to mark his death.
Boutros-Ghali was born in Egypt in 1922 in a privileged family; his grandfather was the former Egyptian prime minister. He graduated from Cairo university in 1946, going on to study at the the Sorbonne in France and at Columbia in New York.
Boutros-Ghali began his career as a professor of international law in Cairo before being appointed as deputy foreign minister. He later became the sixth secretary-general of the United Nations, serving from January 1992 to December 1996.