Alvaro de Soto was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the United Nations on January 1, 1995. He has responsibility for the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. de Soto was Senior Political Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali from February 1992 through December 1994. He joined the United Nations in 1982 as Special Assistant to Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. As the Secretary-General’s representative, he conducted two-year negotiations between the government of El Salvador and the FMLN that culminated in the 1992 Peace Accord. Mr. de Soto is on special leave from the Peruvian Diplomatic Service, in which he holds the rank of career Ambassador.