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UN to hold informal poll for selecting Secy. Gen.

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200607201221.htm UN to hold informal poll for selecting Secy. Gen. United Nations, July 20 (PTI): The United Nations
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 20, 2006
      http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200607201221.htm

      UN to hold informal poll for selecting Secy. Gen.

      United Nations, July 20 (PTI): The United Nations
      Security Council is set to begin the selection process
      for a new Secretary General next week when it holds
      the first informal poll on candidates in the fray,
      including India's nominee Shashi Tharoor.

      The "straw" poll will enable the Council to determine
      the support each candidate enjoys among its members
      but would not necessarily force any one to withdraw
      from the contest. The process of finding a new
      incumbent to take over from Kofi Annan when he retires
      at the end of year is expected to be completed by
      October.

      Besides, Tharoor, others in the field currently are
      Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka, Surakiart Sathirathai
      of Thailand and South Korean foreign minister Ban
      Ki-moon who was nominated last week.

      Diplomats said in the first of several straw polls,
      Council members will be given three choices -
      "encourage", "discourage" and "no opinion".

      The 15 members will cast votes for each candidate
      separately and the result would be made known to the
      Ambassadors of the countries which have nominated the
      candidates.

      The first straw poll would not make any distinction
      between permanent and non permanent members as each
      will be given similar ballot. But at a later stage
      when the opinions start crystallizing, the veto
      wielding five permanent members would be either given
      ballot of different colour from those to non permanent
      members or asked to use different ink for marking the
      paper.

      That procedure would enable the Council to determine
      whether any candidate attracts the veto.Diplomats said
      the straw poll would help attract more candidates
      early in the selection process.

      Meanwhile, the developing nations' proposal to give
      more say to the General Assembly in the selection of
      the next chief executive seems to have no takers.

      The permanent five members including the United
      States, Britain, Russia, France and China have
      virtually rejected the suggestion that the 15-member
      Council send a slate of three candidates and let the
      192-member General Assembly take the final decision.

      Till date, the Assembly has been "rubber stamping" the
      choice of the Council and diplomats do not expect any
      change in it.
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