Because of the unique characteristics in the international system of the UN secretary-general, I don't believe that he should be part of any negotiating or mediating group of which he is not the leader.
Alvaro de Soto, a Peruvian diplomat and international mediator, had a 25-year career at the UN.
He left the organisation in 2007 after serving as the UN special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process for two years.
De Soto worked with three UN secretary-generals and was involved in the several conflict resolution efforts, including the groundbreaking negotiations that helped end the war in El Salvador and the negotiations on Cyprus.
Among his other key roles were that of political adviser to Boutros Boutros-Ghali and that of a UN special envoy in Myanmar. He is currently a member of the Global Leadership Foundation and a senior fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute in New York.
De Soto spoke to Empire about the failure to reach a peace agreement in the twenty years since Oslo.
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