Former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar dies aged 100

Former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar dies aged 100

BBC·2020-03-05 13:13

Reuters

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar garnered a reputation as a peacemaker during his UN tenure

Former UN chief and Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Pérez de Cuéllar has died aged 100.

Mr Pérez de Cuéllar's son told local radio station RPP he died at his home in Peru.

During his two terms as UN Secretary General, he brokered peace agreements in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

A key achievement was negotiating a ceasefire between Iran and Iraq in 1988 after eight years of conflict.

António Guterres, the current UN Secretary General, said in a statement that he was "profoundly saddened" by the news.

"He was an accomplished statesman, a committed diplomat and a personal inspiration who left a profound impact on the United Nations and our world," Mr Guterres added.

In a tweet, Peru's President Martín Vizcarra called Mr Pérez de Cuéllar "a full-hearted democrat who dedicated his entire life to work to enlarge our country".

Mr Pérez de Cuéllar studied law at the Catholic University of Lima before embarking on a diplomatic career with Peru's foreign ministry.

He served in embassies across Europe and Latin America, and joined Peru's delegation to the first UN General Assembly in 1946.

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