BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ Ambassador Pal Racz, head of Hungary's permanent mission at U.N. headquarters in New York since 1980, has died here of an incurable disease at age 58, the Hungarian government journal, Magyar Hirlap, reported Tuesday. It did not specify the disease.

Born in Transylvania, Racz engaged in clandestine communist activities from his early youth. After World War II, he settled in Hungary and was active in the Communist Youth movement before being named to a Foreign Ministry post in 1948.

As a foreign service officer, he worked in Switzerland, Yugoslavia, the United States, France and Egypt. In the years he spent at home, he held successive posts as deputy foreign minister, deputy minister of the interior and state secretary for foreign affairs.