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United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on Thursday suggested that the next Secretary General would be from Asia
His term will end next year. The previous UN Secretary General from Asia was U Thant. Thant was from Myanmar and served as the United Nations Secretary General for a decade from 1961. Annan said, "The Secretary General is elected on a rotational basis. There is a general sense that next time it would be from Asia." He commented while holding a press conference at Indian capital New Delhi at the end of his three-day visit. Annan also said that Thailand-s deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai has already announced his candidature for the key position in the United Nations. He views Sathirathai as the potent candidate for the position, as Thailand-s deputy Prime Minister has got the backing of the ASEAN alliance, reports All Headline News. According to FT News, Mr Annan has sought enlargement of the Security Council to make it "broadly representative of the realities of power in today's world" as part of a wide-ranging UN reform plan to be agreed by September. Mr Annan has proposed two options for Security Council reform: one that would create six new permanent seats and three new elected rotating seats. The other would create eight "semi-permanent" seats, and one additional elected seat. Some UN members fear that enlargement as proposed would merely entrench the power of the five big permanent members. Mark Malloch-Brown, chief of staff to Mr Annan, recently told the Financial Times that enlargement raised the prospect of a new group of large states "with no accountability to their regions". But Mr Annan said a more representative Security Council in which new members did not have a veto would still be "a major step forward" in UN reform. India and Brazil, two important developing countries, and Japan and Germany, big financial contributors to the UN, have launched a joint bid for permanent seats on an enlarged Security Council. But each candidate faces opposition from regional rivals. Tensions between China and Japan have in part been triggered by Japan's bid
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