Former UN chief Javier Perez de Cuellar dead at 100

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Lima: UN chief Javier Perez de Cuellar, who was known for his peace-making efforts, including brokering a cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war, died Wednesday in his native Peru, aged 100, his son said.

Perez de Cuellar was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1981 to 1991 and is often referred to as a “professional and natural peace activist.”

Perez de Cuellar, praised by his countrymen as one of the most notable Peruvians of his time, led the United Nations through the eight years between the fight against world hunger, Iran and Iraq. The iconic war period and the civil war in Iraq. US-supported El Salvador led to UN-led peace talks.

“My dad died after a complicated week. He died at 8:09 p.m. tonight (0109 GMT Thursday) and is resting in peace,” his son Francisco Perez de Cuellar told RPP radio.

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