Kenya supports Ban Ki-moon for second term

16:41, June 11, 2011      

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Kenya on Friday declared its support for a second term of United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

In a brief statement, President Mwai Kibaki hailed Ban for his stewardship of the global body.

"As you seek the General Assembly's concurrence for a second term, let me assure you of my country's support for your candidature," Kibaki said in the letter to the UN secretary general.

"I would like to acknowledge your efforts in striving to promote fairness, equity and multilateralism in international relations for the betterment of all nations and the achievement of sustainable growth and development," he said.

President Kibaki also saluted Ban for his support towards the UN operations both at the regional offices in Nairobi and Africa.

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, already had assurances of support from the United States and other key members of the UN Security Council.

Ban's first term ends on December 31. He is unopposed for re- election so far. Officially, UN secretaries-general are elected by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council.

The Kenyan president said Ban's personal record over the four years and a half has exhibited a remarkable stewardship of the UN system that has enabled member states to find common ground on very important and challenging issues.

The president said Ban had honored Kenya with the appointment of three Kenyans to senior positions in the UN.

He said Kenya would look forward to even more positive interaction with UN in the future.

The president said as an active member of the UN family, Kenya recognizes that international cooperation is a fundamental principle in achieving the objectives of UN.

The president also commended the secretary general for his leadership in advancing the developing country's agenda especially in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

He said that East African region was encouraged by the secretary general's resolve to strengthen the UN cooperation with regional bodies such as the African Union and the East African Community.

He also commended UN's engagement in the Sudan peace process as well as peace building in Somalia.

The UN secretary general's formal re-election process should be over by the end of June, possibly as early as this week. Ban has cited his push to make climate change a top concern for governments as one of his major accomplishments since he took the helm of the world body in January 2007.

Source: Xinhua
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