A cultured diplomat from Peru, Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar was a reluctant compromise choice for secretary general but proved remarkably successful in the war-torn 1980s and ‘90s.
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The Peruvian diplomat scored successes in Cambodia and Afghanistan, but he failed to stop the Falklands...The Peruvian diplomat scored successes in Cambodia and Afghanistan, but he failed to stop the Falklands war in 1982Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the two-term United Nations secretary-general who brokered a historic ceasefire between Iran and Iraq in 1988 but failed to stop the Falklands war, has died aged 100.His son, Francisco Pérez de Cuéllar, said his father died at home of natural causes. The current UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, called the Peruvian diplomat a personal inspiration. Continue reading...