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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Candidate for Top U.N. Job Sets Out Vision for Reform:

[b]Candidate for Top U.N. Job Sets Out Vision for Reform: Interview with Jayantha Dhanapala[/b]

By Ayca Ariyoruk

With the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s term expiring in the end of 2006, aspirants for the job have begun presenting their qualifications. Among them is Jayantha Dhanapala, an expert in international arms control and one of only two candidates to have officially received their country’s endorsement for the post (the other being Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Surakiart Sathirathai). In an interview at the Ambassador Grill, located across from the U.N. headquarters in New York City and a favorite haunt for diplomats, Dhanapala said "there is a lot that is right about the U .N. We have to preserve what is right while fixing what is not."

The interview took place on January 7, 2005 and began with the simple question "why do you want this job?" The question has particular resonance at a time when many consider the position of the United Nations secretary general to be thankless and fraught with difficulties.

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