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The United Nations and Mozambique, 1992-1995 /
with an introduction by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
New York : United Nations, Dept. of Public Infomation, c1995.
321 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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New York : United Nations, Dept. of Public Infomation, c1995.
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Includes indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-05-01:
The first three books in this series cover, respectively, the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia, Observer Mission in El Salvador, and Operation in Mozambique, while the last offers a 50-year retrospective of UN activities relating to human rights. Marking the international organization's 50th anniversary and published in the shadow of its controversial performance in the former Yugoslavia and Somalia, the country treatises celebrate three of the UN's most successful and innovative peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and peacemaking initiatives, models for future undertakings; the one on human rights points to a more problematic, less self-congratulatory record of achievement. The volume on Cambodia traces the UN's seminal role in assisting that war-ravaged country's successful transition to democracy, an unprecedented, herculean exercise in nation-building. In El Salvador, UN efforts promoting the Salvadorian peace process fostered national reconciliation following a divisive civil war. Less well-known is the world body's work in Mozambique, which culminated in that country's first free multiparty elections. The more limited role the UN has been able to play vis-a-vis human rights does not diminish the importance of its many accomplishments in this area, which are meticulously chronicled in the final book. Although these are uncritical assessments, each is a valuable compendium of information synthesized from disparate sources. The format is standardized. Section 1 is an introduction by Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, which reviews the history of UN involvement. Cross-references are provided to section 2, which comprises a chronology and the full text of relevant UN documents. A subject index to the documents and a general index complete each volume. Students of international affairs will value these useful and unique compilations, each an integral text, which provide a convenient foundation for scholarly research. Major academic libraries with strong UN collections should also welcome them. D. Ettinger George Washington University
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Reference & Research Book News, November 1995
Choice, May 1996
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