Death of a Peace Mission

Disputes over key principles torpedoed the negotiations

"The efforts in which I have been engaged do not offer the present prospect of bringing about an end to the crisis nor, indeed, of preventing the intensification of the conflict." So saying, United Nations Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar last week conceded the failure of his three-week effort to mediate a peaceful settlement in the Anglo-Argentine conflict over the disputed Falkland Islands. His final attempts to close the bargaining gap between the two sides, which included personal telephone calls to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher...

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