Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsFixme

Obituaries | PASSINGS

Miguel Angel Burelli Rivas, 82; Diplomat for Venezuela

October 24, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Miguel Angel Burelli Rivas, 82, a career diplomat who served as Venezuela's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington, died Wednesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at a Washington, D.C., hospital. He had been hospitalized with a pulmonary infection.

Burelli served as foreign minister from 1994 to 1999, as ambassador to Washington from 1974 to 1976, and as ambassador to London in 1967-68. A one-time envoy to Colombia, he also headed the third United Nations conference on international sea rights in 1964.

In 1968, Burelli ran for president as a candidate of the now-defunct National Democratic Front. In 1994, he lost a bid for secretary general of the Organization of American States to former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria.

Burelli was a native of La Puerta in the Andean state of Trujillo. An attorney, he founded the humanities department at the University of the Andes in the western city of Merida.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|