Javier Perez de Cuéllar

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar reaped diplomatic success ‘perhaps without parallel’ in UN history

The former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, who has died aged 100, was responsible for a series of diplomatic breakthroughs that were “perhaps without parallel, in the history of the UN.”

That’s according to his most senior aide, Chef de Cabinet Virendra Dayal, in an interview on Thursday by phone from his home in Delhi. Mr. Dayal praised the “inherent decency and integrity” of the former UN chief, who served two terms that saw the end of the Cold War, telling UN News’s Matt Wells that Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar played a key role in the transition, “in an absolutely masterly manner.”  

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News in Brief 5 March 2020

 - Tributes pour in for former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

 - 290 million students out of school amid COVID-19 measures 

 - Lower food prices linked to coronavirus concerns 

 - Young women and girls ‘still most at risk from HIV’

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Former UN chief Perez de Cuéllar celebrates his 100th birthday

The fifth Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuéllar, whose UN career began with the first ever General Assembly meeting in 1946, celebrates his 100th birthday on Sunday.