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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

Is United States laying guidelines for who the next UN

[b]Is United States laying guidelines for who the next UN Secretary General should be?[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]New York, N.Y. 19 February, ([/b] The United States Ambassador for the United Nations John Bolton is well aware that so far the announced candidates for the UN secretary-general position are all from the Asian region and that three permanent members out of five in the Security Council have already declared that it is Asia’s turn to lead the United Nations. The United States disagrees with them.

Instead, Ambassador Bolton has started laying down guidelines as to who should be the next secretary-general when the incumbent Kofi Annan completes his tern end of this year.

Bolton does not agree that the post should rotate by geographic region, but Asian and African nations, who represent the majority of the 191 UN member states, believe it is Asia’s turn this time.

After the traditional monthly Security Council lunch with the secretary-general February 16, China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya told reporters “We believe, with more than two billion people, definitely Asia can provide the best qualified candidates.”

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