|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania|
March 20, 1961 – August 20, 1965
|Preceded by||Avram Bunaciu|
|Succeeded by||George Macovescu|
August 21, 1965 – October 18, 1972
February 8, 1916|
|Died||26 June 2000
Corneliu Mănescu (February 8, 1916 – June 26, 2000) was a Romanian diplomat born in Ploiești. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania from 1961 to 1972 and as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1967 to 1968.
Life and political career
In 1944 he was working at the Central Statistics Bureau, and in 1948 he was appointed as one of the vice ministers of the Ministry of National Defence, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1952 he was named head of the Army's Central Military Club, and in 1959 as chief of the Higher Political Division of the Army, with the rank of major general. Between 1955 and 1960 he was vicepresident of the State Planning Committee.
In 1960, Mănescu became Director of the Political Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1960 to 1961, he served as Ambassador to Hungary. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in March 1961, a post in which he remained until 1972. Other important posts he held were that of vice president of the United Socialist Front, president of the Romanian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, ambassador to France (1977-1982).
In 1989, he became the leader of the reformist movement within the Romanian Communist Party. In March 1989, together with five other Communist dignitaries (Gheorghe Apostol, Alexandru Bârlădeanu, Silviu Brucan, Constantin Pîrvulescu, and Grigore Răceanu), he signed the open letter known as Scrisoarea celor șase—"The Letter of the Six". After the Romanian Revolution of 1989, he was part of the interim council that administered Romania in 1990 from the overthrow of the Nicolae Ceaușescu government until elections could be held.
Mănescu married Doina Dobrescu in 1950. They had a daughter, Alexandra. He died in a hospital on June 26, 2000 in Bucharest, Romania.
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