In addition to his role as Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kurz also appreciated Boutros-Ghali’s fondness for Austria
“With the death of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, we have lost a man who steered the fortunes of the international organisation of states in politically difficult times with a steady hand”, said Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz regretting the death of Boutros-Ghali. The Egyptian, who was the first representative from Africa to take the helm of the United Nations, headed the organisation from1992 to 1996. His term of office saw numerous peace missions such as those in Somalia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Boutros-Ghali maintained particularly close ties with Austria. The 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights, for instance, was held in Vienna, and from 1994 to 1995 Austria's former Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner was his Chief of Protocol at the United Nations. “This goes to show that, apart from the important role he played for the United Nations, Boutros-Ghali always lent an ear to Austria’s concerns“, Kurz concluded.
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