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García Robles, Alfonso (1911–1991)

García Robles, Alfonso (1911–1991)

A Mexican foreign service officer and disarmament specialist, Alfonso García Robles was a native of Zamora, Michoacán. Born on March 20, 1911, García Robles completed his studies in law at the University of Paris, where he was one of two laureates at the Institute of International Studies in 1936. He also received a diploma from the International Law Academy at The Hague in 1938. García Robles joined the diplomatic corps in 1939, serving in a number of foreign assignments and posts within the secretariat of foreign relations. He is considered to have been largely responsible for the Nuclear Arms Treaty of Tlatelolco in 1967. Subsequently he served as Mexico's permanent representative to the United Nations Committee on Disarmament. For his efforts in regional disarmament, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982. He culminated his professional career as secretary of foreign relations (1975–1976), receiving the rank of ambassador emeritus in 1981. He died on September 2, 1991.

See alsoTlatelolco; United Nations.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Alfonso García Robles, México, Nobel de la Paz. Mexico: Secretaria de Educación Pública, 1984.

Marín Bosch, Miguel. Armas nucleares, desarme y carrera armamentista: Homenaje a Alfonso García Robles. Mexico: Ediciones Gernika, 1985.

                                     Roderic Ai Camp

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