For a constrained minimization problem with cone constraints, lagrangean necessary conditions for a minimum are well known, but are subject to certain hypotheses concerning cones. These hypotheses are now substantially weakened, but a counter example shows that they cannot be omitted altogether. The theorem extends to minimization in a partially ordered vector space, and to a weaker kind of critical point (a quasimin) than a local minimum. Such critical points are related to Kuhn-Tucker conditions, assuming a constraint qualification; in certain circumstances, relevant to optimal control, such a critical point must be a minimum. Using these generalized critical points, a theorem analogous to duality is proved, but neither assuming convexity, nor implying weak duality.