Carnegie Corporation of New York Mourns the Loss of Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian wrote:

On behalf of Carnegie Corporation of New York, its staff, and its Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our condolences to you and the United Nations community for the loss of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. He provided excellent leadership and service during a very difficult time in the history of the U.N.—a time filled with crises, war, and the need for diplomacy.

During my meetings with the late Secretary-General, I found his dedication to peace, the Middle East, the Arab world, and international order exemplary. He was a man of tremendous intellect, broad experience, integrity, and discernment.

Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Boutros-Ghali appreciated the fact that there was no idle conversation. He always turned our various discussions into a treatise on ethics, international law, and even the importance of virtue.

We at the Corporation valued Boutros-Ghali’s friendship, association, and wise advice on international issues, especially his advisory role in helping us develop the final recommendations of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, which was published in 1997.

Please kindly extend our condolences to the Boutros-Ghali family.