Sant'Egidio remembers Boutros Ghali. He defined the action for peace in Mozambique as an "Italian formula of confidentiality and informality".

February 16 2016


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On the day of Boutros Boutros Ghali's death, the Community of Sant'Egidio expresses its condolences and remembers with gratitude his difficult work as Secretary General of the UN.
It was the first half of the 1990s, which marked the history of Europe with the acceleration of the European Union, right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but it was also marked with the drama of the war in the Balkans.
In Africa, Ghali supported Sant'Egidio's commitment to peace and, particularly, the mediation that led, on October 4, 1992, to the agreement for peace in Mozambique signed in Rome. That put an end to sixteen years of civil war. Ghali, Egyptian of Coptic family, used the term "Italian formula" to describe "this peace-making activity" of the Community, which is "unique in its kind" because it is made of "techniques characterized by confidentiality and informality" in collaboration with governments and institutions.