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Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt served as the sixth secretary-general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996. Boutros-Ghali’s political career developed under the presidency of Anwar El Sadat, and he served as Egypt’s foreign minister from 1977 to 1991. While working in the Sadat government, he played a role in negotiating the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel in 1978. Boutros-Ghali was appointed as secretary-general of the United Nations in 1991, but his term in office proved controversial as he appeared unable to conjure support for a UN intervention during the 1994 Rwandan genocide or during the Angolan civil war. Furthermore, he faced much difficulty when dealing with the division of the former Yugoslavia. In 1996, the United States vetoed his second term in office, and Boutros-Ghali worked with various international organizations and made several film and television appearances until his death in 2016.

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