Moscow to support U.N. Chief Ban's re-election: spokesman

08:48, June 17, 2011      

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Russia will support Ban Ki-moon as candidacy for second term as U.N. General Secretary, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said here on Thursday.

"At the upcoming voting in the U.N. Security Council, we will be ready to uphold Ban Ki-moon's candidature for his re-election to the top post," Lukashevich told a press conference.

"We will also hold this stance during discussions of this issue next week at the U.N. General Assembly," he added.

Ban announced on last Monday that he has formally offered to serve a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Ban, who took office as U.N. chief in January 2007, would serve through the end of 2016 if he wins a second term. He is the eighth man to serve as U.N. Secretary-General.

Source: Xinhua
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