Portugal backs Ban's reelection bid

15:25, June 10, 2011      

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Portugal Thursday threw its weight behind UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's reelection bid, saying it "will be good news for Portugal and the United Nations as well as for the international community."

In its statement on the issue, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry also praised Ban's "strong and determined leadership" in seeking balanced solutions for peace and international security.

The Portuguese government believes that Ban's reelection will contribute to strengthening the central role of the United Nations and multilateralism in the international society, it said.

Ban, whose current term ends on Dec. 31, officially announced his bid for a second five-year term on Monday, without any declared rival so far.

The 66-year-old former South Korean foreign minister succeeded Kofi Annan in January 2007.

Source: Xinhua
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