Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (born January 19, 1920) is a Peruvian diplomat who served as the fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1991. In 1995, he ran unsuccessfully against Alberto Fujimori for President of Peru. He was President of the Council of Ministers, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2000 until July 2001, during the turbulent period following Fujimori's resignation over corruption charges. In September 2004, he stepped down from his position as Peru's Ambassador to France, where he formerly resided. With the death of Kurt Waldheim in June 2007, he became the oldest former Secretary General of the United Nations. He is also a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic countries, which works to strengthen democracy worldwide.

Quotes[edit]

  • It is ironic that the accumulation of arms is one of the few expanding industries in a period of economic depression and gloom.
    • UN Secretary-General, as quoted in Watching the World, Awake! magazine (22 October 1982).
  • Some 500,000 scientists all over the world are devoting their knowledge to the search for weaponry more sophisticated and more deadly.
    • Stated reinforcing his warning to the United Nations. Cited in the article: Apocalypse—What Is It?, The Watchtower magazine, 2/15, 1986.

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