The Vermouth Goes In by the Drop

To some of his fellow diplomats at United Nations headquarters in New York City, there is a sweet irony in the fact that newly named Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, 62, is acting as the intermediary who is seeking a compromise between London and Buenos Aires over the Falklands crisis. The tall, white-haired Peruvian is himself a compromise choice for a job that many doubted he could fill. When China consistently vetoed an unprecedented third term as Secretary-General for Kurt Waldheim and the U.S. would not accept Tanzanian Foreign Minister Salim Ahmed Salim,...

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