Russia to back Ban for second term
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 23:25
  
Moscow: Russia on Thursday said it will back the current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a second term at today's voting in the UN Security Council.

"We will also hold this stance during discussions of this issue next week at the UN General Assembly," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.



Formally, the UN chief is elected by the 192-strong General Assembly on the recommendations of the UN SC and support of five veto-wielding nations is crucial for this.

France and China, also permanent members of the UN SC like Russia have already voiced their support for Ban's candidacy, whose term of office expires on December 31 this year.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 23:25


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