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Marrack Goulding, former UN peacekeeper force boss, dies

LONDON - Marrack Goulding, a British diplomat who served as the first head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, has died at age 73.

Goulding died Friday, according to a death notice published by his family in two London newspapers. The cause of death was not announced.

Goulding was appointed undersecretary-general for special political affairs, in charge of peacekeeping operations, in 1986. He was closely involved in setting up the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations in 1992.

From 1993 to 1996, Goulding was undersecretary-general for political affairs, then returned to Britain to serve for a decade as warden of St. Antony's College, Oxford. Goulding also served as Britain's ambassador to Angola from 1983 to 1985.

Goulding published his memoirs in 2002, titled "Peacemonger." A private funeral will be July 20 in England.- AP

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