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Peru: Javier Perez de Cuellar, a role model and inspiration for all diplomats

12:43 | Lima, Jan. 20.

Peruvian Diplomatic Academy Director Allan Wagner on Monday affirmed that the legacy of the two-time Secretary-General of the United Nations, Javier Perez de Cuellar, serves as a guide for next generations planning to join the Diplomatic Service.

According to the Peruvian ambassador, this makes sense given that the supreme goal of his actions and decisions was to contribute to global peace. 

When asked about Perez de Cuellar's importance for Peruvian diplomacy, he emphasized the need for understanding how exceptional he is and what he did for Peru, as well as for international peace during his two terms as UN Secretary-General. "(...) We must feel proud that a Peruvian has reached high levels of international prestige," he highlighted.

Wagner affirmed that Perez de Cuellar has achieved the highest rank within the international organization.

"Another Peruvian who held such an important post was Jose Luis Bustamante y Rivero, who was a member and president of the International Court of Justice, to name an example," the diplomat stated.

He went on to say that the Peruvian Diplomatic Academy —named after him— would celebrate its 64th anniversary, and there is no doubt that Perez de Cuellar's legacy is crucial for the new diplomats.

"Without a doubt, Perez de Cuellar is a fundamental role model and inspiration for all diplomats. This is a teaching of life and source of inspiration on how we must fulfill the mission that the State has entrusted to us," he added.

Wagner's remarks were made in an interview with El Peruano official gazette.


Perez de Cuellar

Javier Perez de Cuellar served as UN Secretary General from January 1982 to December 1991, replacing Kurt Waldheim.

During the transition Government of former Peruvian President Valentin Paniagua (November 22, 2000 — July 28, 2001), he served as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

A career diplomat, he has served as Ambassador of Peru to the disappeared Soviet Union, France, Poland, and Switzerland.

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Published: 1/20/2020
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