South Korean To Succeed Kofi Annan?

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According to diplomats familiar with the UN process of selecting a new Secretary General, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon is so far out in front of any other candidate that there is almost no chance of anyone else getting the necessary votes.

An informal poll among Security Council members later Monday could clear the path for Ban Ki-moon to become the world body's eighth secretary-general, by determining if any of the council's five veto-wielding permanent members opposed him.

Ban got 13 positive votes in an informal "straw poll" last week, far more than anyone else. One nation voted against him and another voted "no opinion," but the secret ballot did not reveal whether either was a veto holder — the United States, Britain, China, France or Russia.

The poll Monday was using ballots with different colors to differentiate the votes of permanent members from those of the 10 rotating nations.

Several council nations have pushed for a decision on Annan's successor this month to give the new U.N. chief time to prepare for assuming office Jan. 1. One candidate — Sri Lanka's Jayantha Dhanapala — pulled out after a poor showing in last week's poll.

The United States, which has led the calls for a speedy resolution of the issue, is believed to back Ban.

"It's been two months since the first straw poll and while some new candidates have come in, we're now at the point where some are beginning to withdraw," said U.S. Ambassador John Bolton. "So, I think we're ready to vote, we the United States, after the straw poll today."

More about Ban here and here. Whoever succeeds Annan simply must do something to clean up the mess that the UN has become on Annan's watch. A pretty tall order. Ban sounds as if he might be up to it.

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3 Responses to South Korean To Succeed Kofi Annan?

  1. guy says:

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  2. Black Jack says:

    Thanks guy. Ban is a bum. If he’s selected, the UN will continue along the same useless path blazed by Boutros Boutros Ghali and Kofi Annan. In short, as a failed institution: corrupt, anti-American, and too cowardly to obstruct terrorism or fight genocide.

  3. Gaius says:

    THis one is different from other sources, though. Interesting.

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