FORMER KIWI PM HELEN CLARK SEEKS ANGOLA’S SUPPORT FOR UN SECY-GEN’S POST

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark called on Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Chikoti here Monday to seek Angola’s support in her bid to become the next United Nations Secretary-General upon the completion of the term of the incumbent, Ban Ki-Moon of the Republic of Korea a the end of 2016.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Clark said she was in Luanda as part of a tour to enable her to get in touch with African issues.

Chikoti, said Angola had been encouraging the various candidates to be shortlisted who would be participating in the next phase of the selection process.

He added that this was a consultation phase for the subsequent decision by the Angolan government on the candidate it would support. He said the government would in due course forward its decision to the Angolan Permanent Representative to the UN.

Clark, 66, is currently the Administrators of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The next UN Secretary-General will be elected before the end of the year.

For the first time in its 70-year history, the UN General Assembly is interviewing applicants for the position of Secretary-General. Twelve candidates are running for the position, including Antonio Guterres of Portugal.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK