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U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1982 United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, London, July 14, 1982 (Press Association photo via AP Images).

Remembering Javier Perez de Cuellar’s ‘Piecemeal’ Approach to U.N. Peacemaking

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Richard Gowan is filling in for Candace Rondeaux this week.

When former United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar turned 100 last month, his current successor, Antonio Guterres, sent a congratulatory message stating that “I have often reflected on your example and experience for inspiration and guidance.” This sounds like a standard diplomatic pleasantry, but there may have been a more to it than that. ...

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