Death of former UN Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali announced

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaks at the unveiling of his official portrait as Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his successor, listens. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A minute of silence was observed at UN headquarters on Tuesday following the announcement of the death of former UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Mr Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian diplomat, jurist and author, became the 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1992.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The former UN Chief was the first person from Africa to hold the position and served a single five-year term.

The President of the UN Security Council, for the month of February, Ambassador Rafael Dario of Venezuela, made the announcement in the chamber.

"Dear colleagues, we have been informed that Secretary General Boutrous Boutros Ghali has passed away. We want to ask to the members of the Security Council to keep a minute of silence in his memory."

Media reports say that Mr Boutros-Ghali had been admitted to a hospital in Cairo suffering a broken pelvis.

During his tenure, he was focused on strengthening the United Nations as an organization, encouraging it to seize the opportunities offered by the post-cold war era.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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