US negotiator Warren Christopher has died at his home in Los Angeles of cancer, at the age of 85.
The former US Secretary of State is credited, amongst other achievements, with helping bring peace to Bosnia, and negotiating the release of hostages from Iran.
His personal style was so self-effacing that he became affectionate known as “the stealth diplomat”. This was somewhate belied by his elegant dress sense which once earned him the title of People Magazne’s Best Dressed Man in America.
He famously remarked that “careful listening may be the secret weapon”, telling the New York Times “I observed some time ago that I was better at listening than at talking.”
“Talkng is often tedious,” he said. “It can be excruciating and exhausting. But talkng can tame conflict, lift the human condition and move us closer to the ideal of peace.”