Armenian Assembly of America Recalls Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s Efforts for Karabakh Peace


By Danielle Saroyan

Armenian Agenda Associate Editor

This week,
the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) mourned the loss of former
Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Boutros Boutros-Ghali and recalled
his efforts towards a lasting peace in Nagorno Karabakh. Boutros-Ghali passed
away on Tuesday, February 16 at the age of 93.

Assembly was saddened to hear of the passing of former UN Secretary-General
Boutros Boutros-Ghali,” stated Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.
“Armenians will always be grateful for his work and remember how he took
diplomatic measures to counter Azerbaijan’s violence against the freedom-loving
people of Nagorno Karabakh,“ he said.

Secretary-General, he presided over a dramatic rise in UN 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
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement about Boutros-Ghali’s death.

In March 1992,
Boutros-Ghali sent then-UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Cyrus Vance to
Karabakh in order to mediate and moderate the hostilities. This was the first
official move by the UN in the Nagorno Karabakh War, two weeks after Armenia
became a member state of the UN.

In a cable
to the then-President of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe
(CSCE) Jiri Dienstbier (former Czechoslovakia), Boutros-Ghali explained he was
sending Vance to gather information about the problems in the region, not
trying to overstep CSCE efforts in any way. "Please be assured … that
my purpose in sending Mr. Vance on this fact-finding mission is to complement
regional efforts in search of peace,” Boutros-Ghali clarified. “The
grave situation in that region calls for a concerted effort to prevent further
violence and to create conditions for a peaceful solution,” he said.

on Boutros-Ghali’s role in Karabakh, the Assembly hopes his dedication will inspire
a renewed effort to resolve the stalemate. Increased ceasefire violations by
Azerbaijan has led to more Armenian casualties along the Line of Contact in
2014-2015 than in the previous 20 years combined. Azerbaijan’s obsession with
reigniting a war with Armenia prompted U.S. Director of National Intelligence
James R. Clapper, Jr. to include Nagorno Karabakh in his 2016 conflict risk assessment
which he provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee last week.

was an Egyptian diplomat and the sixth Secretary-General of the UN from 1992 to
1996, and the first from Africa. While he was Secretary-General, he wrote “An
Agenda for Peace,” an analysis on ways to strengthen UN capacity for preventive
diplomacy, peacemaking, and peacekeeping.

Caption: On his first working day in office on January 2, 1992,
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is photographed seated at his desk at
UN Headquarters in New York. (UN Photo/John Isaac)

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.
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