United Nations

The U. S. and other leading U. N. members may urge Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to stay on a year or two beyond his second five-year term, which ends on Dec. 31. The Organization of African Unity, arguing that it is Africa's turn to hold the top U. N. post, has endorsed six African candidates to replace him. But the dizzy pace of global change makes having an experienced hand at the U. N. all the more important. Perez and his deputies are involved in sensitive peacemaking efforts from Cambodia to the Middle East. On Sept. 16, Perez will confer in New York with El Salvador President Alfredo Cristiani and guerrilla chiefs in the U. N.'s effort to end that country's civil war.

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