- Spring 2006
RICARDO LUNA diplomatic career began in 1964. As a career diplomat in the Peruvian Foreign Service for forty years, Luna has been Ambassador to the United Nations (1989-92) and, more recently, Ambassador to the United States (1992-99) and dean of the Latin American diplomatic corps in Washington for the latter part of that period. Luna's multilateral professional experience began in the seventies in the areas of disarmament, trade and development and non-aligned issues while at the Geneva venue of the United Nations. Ambassador Luna has held numerous key positions both in the Ministry of Foreign Relations and abroad, serving in London, Tel Aviv, Geneva, Washington DC, New York, Paris and Quito. Subsequently, Luna has been Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs, a delegate to more than fifteen sessions of the General Assembly, and Deputy Representative to the Security Council during a critical phase of the Cold War at a time when Javier Perez de Cuellar, a senior colleague and fellow Peruvian national, was the U.N. Secretary General. Luna's various bilateral appointments and other multilateral assignments have allowed him to combine inputs and skills from each field in complex situations. Luna was directly involved in conflict solving processes in Central America, in the eighties, and in the Ecuador-Peru peace negotiations (1995-98). The multilateral and bilateral challenges of the earlier part of Luna's career proved especially useful in the decade that culminated in the climatic period that ended on September 11, 2001.