János Péter

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The native form of this personal name is Péter János. This article uses the Western name order.
János Péter
János Péter (1970).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
In office
13 September 1961 – 14 December 1973
Preceded by Endre Sík
Succeeded by Frigyes Puja
Personal details
Born 1910
Died 1999
Political party MSZMP
Profession politician

János Péter (1910–1999) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1961 and 1973. Prior to that, he was a Calvinist bishop.

Dean Rusk, the US Secretary of State (Janos' US counterpart), reported that Peter had attempted to defraud the United States by pretending to be in contact with the government of North Vietnam. Rusk engaged in what he at the time believed to be serious negotiations to end the war in Vietnam. However, a defector named János Radványi later informed Rusk that "that Peter was not in an effective contact with Hanoi, and that they had had no encouragement from Hanoi about the things that Peter was saying to me." Rusk came to believe that the Peter overture "was an instance that was just a plain fraud."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ D. Rusk, LBJ Oral History Collection, Interview II, p. 14
Political offices
Preceded by
Endre Sík
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1961–1973
Succeeded by
Frigyes Puja