On 25th April an article appeared in Komsomolskaya Pravda, which said of Dhanapala (one of the Sri Lankan candidates) "his candidature is problematic because in two years he will be 70, and further he is a UN insider with a poor record on arms control. During his term of office as Under-Secretary-General responsible for arms control, India and Pakistan became nuclear powers while Iran and North Korea remained major threats."
Not only that, he was head of the Sri Lanka Peace Process, which has all but collapsed.
Last week he went with his Foreign Minister to Delhi to beg for Indian support and did not get it.
Dhanapala needs to face the fact that he is going nowhere, and gracefully withdraw and give another candidate his support.