More candidates coming soon?

Contrary to some governments, China has not pushed for Asian countries to rally behind a single Asian candidate. So far, the three announced candidates are Asian, as are several rumored to be interested in the post. Now it appears that even more candidates may emerge.

China's UN Ambassador

[China’s UN Ambassador] Wang, who this month holds the rotating presidency for the U.N. Security Council, told a press conference that informal discussions have been under way by the council and other members since February about a possible pool of candidates to replace U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, whose second five-year term ends in December.

“I think we are still in the process because I understand that there are serious discussions in the council and also outside of the council and that is why I believe that it takes a few months for this consensus building to take place,” Wang said.

“Part of the reason is that I believe there are a number of candidates announced by a number of Asian countries, but member states believe that in the next few weeks they want to see more names coming from the different countries.”

This announcement likely sends a strong signal that China is not enamoured of Surakiart, Dhanapala or Ban. Regardless, it remains committed to supporting only an Asian national for the job, though Ambassador Wang reportedly did not rule out nationals from Arab nations, included by the UN in the Asian regional group.

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