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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

Personal data
Date of birthJanuary 19, 1920(age 97)
Place of birthLima, Peru
NationalityPeruvian
SpouseMarcela Temple Seminario
ReligionRoman Catholic
5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
In officeJanuary 1, 1982 - January 1, 1992
Succeeded byBoutros Boutros-Ghali
Preceded byKurt Waldheim
28th President of the Council of Ministers of Peru
In officeNovember 22, 2000 - July 28, 2001
PresidentValentín Paniagua
Succeeded byRoberto Dañino Zapata
Preceded byFederico Salas

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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar y de la Guerra (born January 19, 1920, in Lima) is a Peruvian diplomat who served as the fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1991. He studied in Colegio San Agustín of Lima, and then at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. In 1995, he ran unsuccessfully against Alberto Fujimori for President of Peru. He was President of the Council of Ministers, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2000 until July 2001, during the turbulent period following Fujimori's resignation over corruption charges. In September 2004, he stepped down from his position as Peru's Ambassador to France, where he formerly resided. He currently resides in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. With the death of Kurt Waldheim in June 2007, he became the oldest former Secretary General of the United Nations.


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