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Former U.N. secretary general to visit Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 25 January 2011 16:10
Former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali will visit Azerbaijan in May. The visit is scheduled for May 2-11, Rovshan Muradov, a member of the YES Azerbaijan advisory group, told Trend.

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 25 / Trend S. Agayeva /

Former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali will visit Azerbaijan in May. The visit is scheduled for May 2-11, Rovshan Muradov, a member of the YES Azerbaijan advisory group, told Trend.

During the visit, he intends to meet with Azerbaijani officials and prominent public figures.

He is an Egyptian diplomat, and the sixth U.N. Secretary General (from 1992 to 1996).

He studied political science, economics and law at Cairo University and the University of Paris. He served as foreign minister of Egypt in 1977-1991. He acted as U.N. secretary general since 1992.

He proposed the concept of establishing peace instead of the concept of peacekeeping in the first months. By mid-1993 he visited 19 countries and conducted an inspection of 13 peacekeeping operations. In 1994 he unsuccessfully tried to make a decision on the U.N. military intervention in the civil war in Rwanda. In 1996, despite the growing unpopularity among the U.N. member countries, in particular the United States, he announced his intention to seek a second term. However, the United States used the veto. Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan was elected general secretary in January 1997.

After retirement he spoke with sharp criticism of some U.N. initiatives, including those concerning Iraq.

He is the author of more than 100 published works and numerous articles on international relations, diplomacy, law and political science.

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