President Zuma sends condolences on the passing of former UN Secretary-General

President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences on the sad passing of the former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who passed away on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 in hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

Mr Boutros-Ghali, the first African to hold the position of Secretary- General of the United Nations, served from January 1992 to December 1996. This was the critical post-cold-war period when the world body was redefining itself and engaging in more international peacekeeping operations that often received criticism for its efforts.

"We pay tribute to the former UN Secretary-General and wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and his country Egypt. May his soul rest in peace," said President Zuma.

Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.za

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

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