New Soviet U.N. Envoy Presents Credentials to Secretary-General
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Ambassador Alexander M. Belonogov, the new Soviet chief delegate to the United Nations, presented his credentials on Tuesday to U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.
The ceremony took place at the U.N. chief’s official residence where he is recuperating from a July 24 quadruple heart bypass operation.
Belonogov, 55, succeeds Yuri V. Dubinin, who only served two months at the U.N. post before being named ambassador to Washington in May.
Before coming to New York, Belonogov was ambassador to Egypt, where he was sent in July 1984 to help improve relations between Moscow and Cairo. Ties had been reduced to the charge d’affaires level during the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s peacemaking with Israel.
On the eve of Tuesday’s ceremony, Perez de Cuellar returned to New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center for a follow-up physical examination. U.N. spokesman Joe Sills said the U.N. chief’s doctors ″feel recovery is coming along extremely well.″ Perez de Cuellar is expected to return to his office at U.N. headquarters in September.