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Alvaro De Soto, MA Biography

Title:
United Nations (U.N.) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) and U.N. Secretary-General Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The forthcoming Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank continues to overshadow all other issues. Disengagement is an important step forward: withdrawal from occupied territory, albeit partial and on terms largely set by the occupier, is a positive, precedent-setting step and one that the entire international community cannot but support. Moreover, as stated repeatedly by the Quartet, it offers an opportunity to re-energize the Road Map. It is a moment pregnant with hope but also fraught with peril.”

“Briefing for the Security Council 4207,” U.N. Security Council Briefings, July 21, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
  • U.N. Secretary-General Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority
  • U.N. Under-Secretary-General, 1999
  • U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, 1999
  • U.N. Special Envoy for Myanmar, 1997
  • U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, 1995
  • Senior Political Adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992
  • Honorary Doctorate of Law, St Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, 1992
  • Personal Representative for the Central American Peace Process for U.N. to Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, 1982
  • Peruvian Ambassador to the United Nations
Education:
  • MA, Law and International Relations, Catholic University of Lima
  • Attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Other:
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