UN announces death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died, the body's security council has announced.

Venezuela's UN ambassador Rafael Ramirez, the current council president, made the announcement at the start of a meeting on Yemen's humanitarian crisis on Tuesday and asked members to rise for a moment of silence.

The 15 council members stood in silent tribute.

Mr Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian politician and diplomat, was the sixth secretary-general of the United Nations, serving from January 1992 to December 1996.

Mr Boutros-Ghhali died on Tuesday at a Cairo hospital at the age of 93, Egypt's state news agency said.

He had been admitted to the hospital after suffering a broken pelvis, the Al-Ahram newspaper reported last Thursday.

The scion of a prominent Egyptian Christian political family, Mr Boutros-Ghali was the first UN chief from the African continent.

He stepped into the post in 1992 at a time of world changes, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a unipolar era dominated by the US.

After four years of frictions with the Clinton administration, the US blocked his renewal in the post in 1996, making him the only secretary-general to serve a single term. He was replaced by Ghanaian Kofi Annan.

He was married to Lea, an Egyptian Jew. They have no children.