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Former UN Chief Boutros-Ghali Dies

File: Former United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Nov. 30, 2004.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died, the U.N. Security Council president announced Tuesday.

Boutros-Ghali was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Egyptian-born politician and diplomat served in the office from 1992 to 1996.

He was admitted to a Cairo hospital last week.

Boutros-Ghali was 93.

"As Secretary-General, he presided over a dramatic rise in U.N. peacekeeping. He also presided over a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems, in the immediate aftermath of the cold war, current U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon said.

VOA's United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer contributed to this report