Korean foreign minister's unsuccessful bid for UN Secretary General
December 29, 2006 11:30am CST
Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Jordan's ambassador to U.N.(42), Prince Zeid Al Hussein has officially announced his candidacy for the next U.N. Secretary General. He is a prominent figure as a modertate muslim with a strong tie with Washington, being highly respected amongst diplomats at UN, the paper says. His strength is of course that he is a muslim who could mediate the troubled relationship between the Islamic world and the U.S. as the U.N.'s top officer. Also, the newspaper says that there is another prominent figure who is expected to announce her candidacy sometime later. It is Singaporean ambassador to the U.S., Chan Heng Chee (64), who is reportedly the U.S.'s best choice. With U.S.'s strong back-up, she could be the first female U.N. General Secretary in the history of the international organization. Now, Foreign Minister Ban, when compared with these potential competitors, does not seem to have convincing strenghs to appeal to Security Council members. The prospect for him to be elected does not look bright at this point, because he has failed to earn supports from both the U.S. and China. It is getting clearer that his race for the position is already over. And congratulations to Ambassador Chan Heng Chee.