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Russia supports South Korea's minister of foreign affairs and trade as a candidate for UN Secretary General
Russia supports South Korea's minister of foreign affairs and trade as a candidate for UN Secretary General, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman said Tuesday. Ban, 62, a career diplomat who has headed Korea's Foreign Ministry since January 2004, won a "straw poll" Monday of 15 member governments of the UN Security Council. He served as South Korea's ambassador to the UN in 2001. The UN Security Council will formally vote for a new secretary general October 9, and the winner will then be presented to the General Assembly for ratification. The current secretary general, Kofi Annan, ends his second term in office December 31, 2006. If approved, Ban will take over January 1, 2007. "We see Ban Ki-Moon as a highly skilled professional," Mikhail Kamynin told journalists, adding that Russia stands by the agreed commitment that a representative of Asia must be nominated to replace Africa's representative, Kofi Annan. Ban Ki-moon was the only one of six candidates who escaped veto Monday in an informal 15-nation UN Security Council ballot. The list of candidates also included India's Shashi Tharoor, the UN Deputy Secretary General, Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, Sarakiart Sathirathai, former Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, Jordan's U.N. Ambassador Prince Zeid al Hussein, and Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga.
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