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Tharoor "deeply honoured" by nomination

Last Updated: Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 00:00

New York, June 15: Soon after India announced its
decision to nominate him for the post of United Nations
Secretary General, Shashi Tharoor today said he was "deeply
honoured" by New Delhi's move.

Tharoor, who is currently the UN Undersecretary
General for Communications and Public Information, said
that he believed a well-functioning UN can make real
difference in the world.

He expressed his determination to work towards that
end if elected.

Once elected for the prestigious post, Tharoor, 50,
who is also a well-known author, would be the youngest UN
Secretary General.

India's decision to nominate him comes with an
assertion that under the principle of regional rotation, the
next Secretary General of the UN should be from Asia.

Tharoor, who has served at the UN in various
capacities and has been closely involved in the process of UN
reforms, will be competing from at least three other
candidates from Asia -- Sri Lanka's Jayantha Dhanapala,
Thailand's deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirthai and
South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 00:00

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