United Nations: Peruvian Factor

A dark horse breaks deadlock

The contest carried much of the suspense and intrigue of a papal election. After 16 ballots in five weeks, the United Nations Security Council was locked in a stalemate over the selection of a Secretary-General for the five-year term that begins Jan. 1. The People's Republic of China had repeatedly vetoed the incumbent, Kurt Waldheim of Austria, 62, who was vying for an unprecedented third term. Just as consistently, the U.S. had nixed his challenger, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Salim Ahmed Salim, 39. Last week, even though there...

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