Jeremić third in race to become new UN secretary-general

A third round of an informal vote to select the new UN secretary-general ended in the UN SC Monday.

According to unofficial sources, former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres received 11 “encourage”, three “discourage” and one “no opinion” vote, followed by Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak with nine “encourage”, five “discourage” and one “no opinion” vote.

Former Serbian FM Vuk Jeremić received seven “encourage”, five “discourage” and three “no opinion” votes.

Quoting unnamed sources, Reuters reported that Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova, who is director-general of UNESCO, was tied with Jeremic.

They were followed by Argentine FM Susana Malcorra, former Macedonian FM Srgjan Kerim, former New Zealand PM Helen Clark, who heads the UNDP, former Slovenian President Danilo Turk, former Moldovan FM Natalia Gherman and former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica.

Serbia is in the final stage of the UN SC vote to select the new UN secretary general and I believe we can be exceptionally satisfied with that, former Serbian FM Vuk Jeremić said after Monday’s third round of the ballot, in which he finished third among ten candidates.

The selection process is embarking on the most complex stage, with the five permanent UN SC members to begin intensive talks to discuss the most successful candidates, he said.

We will continue an intensive campaign ahead of the fourth round of the vote, expected to take place in September, he said.


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