UN Security Council announces that former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died.
Venezuela's U.N. Representative Rafael Ramirez, the current president of the council, made the declaration at the commencement of a meeting on Yemen's humanitarian emergency on Tuesday and called on member present to observe a moment of silence.
Boutros-Ghali served as the Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt from May 1991 until he was designated as Secretary General. Previously, he served as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from October 1997 until 1991.
He stepped into the post in 1992 at a time of dramatic 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 United States.
But after four years of frictions with the Clinton administration, the United States blocked his renewal in the post in 1996, making him the only UN secretary-general to serve a single term. He was replaced by Ghanaian Kofi Annan.