Japan pledges support for UN Secretary-General Ban's reappointment

14:32, June 07, 2011      

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Japan will support Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, running for a second-term, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference Tuesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent a message to New York " supporting UN Secretary-General Ban's reappointment," Edano said.

"We very much appreciate the job he has done in the past five years dealing with problems around the world and we hope that he will continue to take on this grave responsibility in the international community," Japan's top government spokesperson added.

Ban announced Monday that he has formally offered to serve a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the UN and confirmed his intentions in a letter to the governments of the 192 UN member nations.

The Security Council would first vote to approve his reelection and the General Assembly would then vote on offering him a second term.

Ban will almost certainly be reelected because Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S., the five permanent members of the Security Council, have said they will support him.

Ban would be the fifth Secretary-General to win election to a second term and provided he is voted in, his second term would begin on Jan. 1, 2012.

Source: Xinhua
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