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UNITED NATIONS

September 17, 2006

From its postwar infancy to its mid-'90s prominence, the United Nations has had many ups and downs. Here are the six men who guided it through those years:

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Egypt, 1992-96

Said the only way to deal with bureaucrats was by using "stealth and sudden violence."

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Javier Perez de Cuellar

Peru, 1982-91

Alleged by UFO enthusiasts to have been abducted by aliens in 1989.

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Kurt Waldheim

Austria, 1972-81

Accused of expediting and ordering war crimes while serving in the German army during World War II.

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U Thant

Burma, 1961-71

A devout Buddhist who was once a freelance journalist.

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Dag Hammarskjold

Sweden, 1953-61

Became the second person to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize.

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Trygve Lie

Norway, 1946-52

Fired American U.N. workers who claimed the U.S. Constitution protected them from self-incrimination.

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