Interview: A Very Civil Servant, Sir Brian Urquhart

Sir Brian Urquhart reflects on war and peace, idealism and realism, and a lifetime at the United Nations as his organization picks up a Nobel Prize

Rarely has the description "statesman" seemed so appropriate. In his long career, however, Urquhart represented no single state but rather every nation on the globe. During a 41-year career as a senior U.N. official, rising to the rank of Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Urquhart, 69, found himself in the middle of virtually every major international crisis. Though he retired 2 1/2 years ago, Urquhart will be in the delegation that will travel to Oslo next week to receive the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the U.N. for its peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Cyprus, Afghanistan and other volatile places....

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