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Ban Ki-moon/re-election bid

Published on June 6, 2011
United Nations Secretary-General’s candidacy for re-election – Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, June 6 , 2011

I have just learned that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted his candidacy for re-election.

This is very good news, and I welcome it. The UN and the entire international community can rely upon him, his very solid experience and his authority. Mr Ban Ki-moon has France’s full support.

Throughout the past five years, the Secretary-General has worked unstintingly for peace, as well as development, on behalf of the United Nations. He has shown courage and determination in a period of crisis.

France wants to pay tribute to all that he has done.

We have no doubt that he will display the same qualities during his second term at the head of the UN, striving notably to strengthen the effectiveness of the UN system. In an increasingly complex world with numerous challenges, the United Nations must continue to adapt and to be the heart of the international system./.

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