Ban Ki-moon is taking a lot of trips.
Registan.net has details of the trip in Uzbekistan, including a list of agreements signed. The Korea Times reports that this included a $30m loan for IT training. Is Mr. Ban passing out foreign aid to gather support?
Given that he has the support of North Korea and Egypt, two other human rights violators, one also wonders what his stands are on human rights. How does he feel about Human Rights Council reforms?
Next he goes to Europe. Pravda says:
Ban will begin his tour of Europe on Thursday, which will take him to Austria , Denmark , Greece , Slovakia and the Vatican . At the Vatican , Ban said he will deliver an invitation from South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun for the pope to visit South Korea . Ban has also been traveling recently as part of his campaign for the position of U.N. secretary-general.
This is transparently a campaign trip. Greece, Slovakia, and Denmark are on the Security Council. Austria is the current President of the EU. And the Vatican is an opinion leader in the Catholic world, including Latin America.
The Korean press is also reporting a trip to Morocco in the future.
We imagine that Sathirathai will have a more restricted travel schedule. What about Deva and Dhanapala?