S. Korea voices support for U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon's reelection bid

10:31, June 07, 2011      

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South Korea welcomed Tuesday its former foreign minister's bid for a second five-year term as chief of the United Nations.

"The government welcomes and supports U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's reelection bid," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The government highly evaluates the Secretary General's great contribution to peace and prosperity of the world since he took office in 2007."

The 66-year-old diplomat, who served as a foreign minister in South Korea from 2004-2006, succeeded Kofi Annan in January 2007 for a five-year stint, which ends at the end of the year. He officially announced Monday his candidacy for the position.

For a successful reelection, Ban needs, among others, support of all the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Source: Xinhua
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