Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar’s tenures embraced the most frustrating but perhaps the most productive experiences of the Office of Secretary-General. Until 1987/8, the United Nations was often marginalized within a general climate of political ill-will, and beset by financial crises. On many issues — especially regional conflicts entangled in the upsurge of superpower hostility — the Secretary-General was either emasculated or excluded. Conversely, the changes in the international political environment commonly associated with the ending of the Cold War resulted in great changes in the activities of the Secretary-General. In conflict management and settlement, in particular, the conflicts which were tied to Cold War dynamics became ripe for settlement. The new atmosphere of cooperation, at least initially, seemed positive to the development of the Office, although the new consensus in the UN and among the Permanent Five transpired not always to result in an enhancement of the Secretaryship-General.
KeywordsSecurity Council Foreign Minister Peace Process Khmer Rouge Reagan Administration
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