Waldheim steps down
Thursday 09 July 1992
Mr Waldheim, 73, a former UN secretary-general, was elected president in 1986, but was ostracised by many world leaders after revelations that he had covered up his past as a German army officer during the Second World War.
Mr Klestil, 59, was Austria's ambassador to Washington in 1986 when the US placed Mr Waldheim on its 'Watch List' of undesirable aliens. Now, President Klestil is to re-forge diplomatic links with countries which shunned his predecessor.
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