Statement issued by Jean-Yves Le Drian - Death of Javier Perez de Cuellar

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We were extremely saddened to learn of the death of Javier Perez de Cuellar, former UN Secretary-General, former President of the Council of Ministers and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru.

I would like to pay tribute to this man of peace who served not just his country’s diplomacy with great talent, but the international community as well. As the head of the United Nations during the Cold War, he guided the organization with determination and courage in order to foster international peace and security.

I would like to pay tribute to a man who distinguished himself through his resolute commitment, notably during the Iran-Iraq war, in the peace talks during the civil war in El Salvador and during the process that led Namibia to independence.

The international community, and especially Peru, the country in which he was born and which he honored, has lost a statesman and a man of commitment and dialogue. France has in particular lost a Francophile friend since Javier Perez de Cuellar served as ambassador of Peru to France. A French speaker and the embodiment of multilingualism, he tirelessly promoted the use of the French language within the United Nations.

At this painful time, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, his friends and the Peruvian people.