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Watson, Alexander

(United States of America, 1939 – ) Diplomat Mr. Alexander Watson served as Deputy Permanent Representative in the United States Mission to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992. He served under Permanent Representative Thomas Pickering and later under Edward Perkins. Following this, Mr. Watson was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs by President Bill Clinton before retiring in 1996. Prior to his work with [...]

Posted in El Salvador, Nicaragua

Vendrell, Francesc

(Spain, 1940 – ) Diplomat Ambassador Francesco Vendrell served in several positions in the United Nations over his 34-year career, specializing in Central America and working extensively with Secretary-Generals Javier Pérez de Cuéllar and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Notable posts include: Deputy Representative of the Secretary-General in the Nicaraguan peace negotiations in 1987; the Secretary-General's Deputy Representative in the El Salvador peace process in 1988; and Envoy [...]

Posted in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti

Tello, Manuel

(Mexico, 1935-2010) Diplomat Manuel Tello was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations in 1957 after serving in the Mexican Foreign Service. From 1971 to 1982, he served as representative to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea in Caracas, Venezuela; Geneva, Switzerland; and New York City, United States. In 1988, he was appointed Eminent Ambassador of Mexico before becoming [...]

Posted in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua

Rangel, Beatrice

(Venezuela) Civil Servant Ms. Beatrice Rangel served as Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez's Deputy Chief of Staff from 1989 to 1991 and was appointed his Chief of Staff from 1991 to 1993. During this period, Venezuela and the Pérez administration were involved in conflict resolution in Central America. During her civil service career, Ms. Rangel [...]

Posted in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua

Montaño, Jorge

(Mexico, 1945- ) Diplomat Mr. Jorge Montaño was one of the major actors in the Contadora Group during the early 1980s. The Contadora Group was created by the foreign ministers of Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela to mediate conflicts in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala that threatened peace and stability in the Central American region. [...]

Posted in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua

Martínez, Ana Guadalupe

(El Salvador) Activist Ana Guadalupe Martínez, known as the "Commandante" to revolutionaries in El Salvador, became involved with the leftist movement at a young age when she joined a student strike protesting discrimination against poor students in 1969 at the Universidad de El Salvador. In 1972, when the elected liberal Government was overthrown in a day by a military junta, Ms. Martínez joined [...]

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Handal, Shafik

(El Salvador, 1931 – 2006) Political Leader and Activist Mr. Shafik Handal served as the leader of El Salvador's opposition Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN) until his death in 2006. Prior to FMLN, he was the head of the Partido Communista Salvadoreno (PCS) in 1972. In 1980, PCS joined with four other leftist groups to form FMLN [...]

Posted in El Salvador, ONUSAL

Escobar Galindo, David

(El Salvador, 1943-) Author Respected and renowned author, David Escobar Galindo, served as President Alfredo Cristiani's personal representative to the Comisión de Diálogo (the Dialogue Commission) during the Civil War in El Salvador. In this capacity, he was a significant figure in 1992 peace talks between the El Salvador Government and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), which eventually paved the [...]

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Cristiani, Alfredo

(El Salvador, 1947 – ) Former President, El Salvador Former President Alfredo Cristiani was elected President of El Salvador in 1989 representing the conservative political party Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA). His presidential term was marked by considerable challenges, as he entered the presidency in the midst of Civil War between the Government and a coalition of four leftist groups and [...]

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Arria, Diego

(Venezuela, 1938 – ) Diplomat Diego Arria's connection with the United Nations started in 1991 when he became the Permanent Representative of Venezuela. He remained in that post until 1994, serving as Security Council President on March 1992. In 2003, Mr. Arria was named Special Advisor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Due to Venezuela's role in the Secretary-General's "Group of Friends" and because [...]

Posted in El Salvador, Haiti, Kofi Annan, Peacebuilding, Venezuela