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联合国秘书长人选 潘基文稳操胜券
[ 2006-10-08 08:54 ]

在完成四轮非正式意向性投票后,联合国安理会本月轮值主席、日本常驻联合国代表大岛贤三表示,安理会已经决定下周一上午举行正式投票,以决定接替年底卸任秘书长安南遗缺的人选。如无意外,韩国外长潘基文几乎已经笃定当选第八任联合国秘书长。

 

 

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, seen here in September 2006, who is expected to be confirmed as UN secretary general on Monday, would be willing to visit North Korea to negotiate an end to its nuclear program, foreign ministry officials in Seoul said.[AFP]

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, set to be formally endorsed as UN chief Kofi Annan's successor Monday, is the only candidate left in the race as all other contenders withdrew, a UN spokeswoman said. 

All six rivals who initially threw their hats into the ring have informed the Security Council that they were withdrawing their candidacies, UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

The last to pull out were Indian diplomat Shashi Tharoor, the UN undersecretary general for communications and public information who finished second to Ban in informal straw polls, and former Thai deputy prime minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

Earlier Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Jordan's UN ambassador Prince Zeid al-Hussein, Afghanistan's former finance minister Ashraf Ghani and Sri Lankan diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala also withdrew.

Last Monday Ban, 62, won a decisive fourth straw poll in the Security Council after securing crucial backing from its five veto-wielding permanent members (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States). He had already won three previous polls by a wide margin.

Under the UN Charter, the secretary general is elected by the 192-member General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council.

After its formal vote next Monday, the Security Council is widely expected to recommend that the 192-member General Assembly in turn endorse Ban to succeed Annan when the Ghanaian UN chief steps down at the end of December after 10 years in office.

(Agencies)

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throw their hats into the ring: 宣布参加战斗,竞选

straw poll: (大选前)意向性投票,参新闻热词straw poll

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