Former President Carter lauds Christopher's work

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says former Secretary of State Warren Christopher was a fine public servant who was a key negotiator in freeing American hostages from Iran in 1981.

Christopher served as deputy secretary of state under Carter and secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. The 85-year-old Christopher died Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

Carter said in a statement Saturday that "in a quiet and effective way, he had many other momentous achievements in his life of dedicated service." Carter says Christopher's work ultimately helped secure the release of 52 American hostages from Iran in 1981.

Under Clinton, Christopher worked on a futile effort to broker a settlement between Syria and Israel. However, he did broker a deal in 1995 to end the war in Bosnia.

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