Shashi says shut down a real threat

In an interview, 2nd tier candidate Undersecretary-General for Communication and Information Shashi Tharoor said:

"I don't think either of these countries, which have been longstanding supporters and pillars of the organisation, would want … a global crisis where you couldn't convene the Security Council because you couldn't afford to pay the interpreters."

"The U.N. isn't a body which can afford not to be available 24/7, because there are peacekeepers who are awaiting instructions from New York. There are humanitarian operations that depend on staff in New York," Tharoor said.

"There are … genuine challenges in the political process in New York that require electricity bills to be paid, phones to be able to ring, interpreters to be able to function."

He also points out the historical parallel with the Republican Congress's attempt to shut down government against US President Bill Clinton (also a candidate?). That is now generally considered to be a political mistake that cost the Republicans. He said. "Unfortunately that's exactly the price that is paid."

The final sentence of the article repeats what we've been hearing about a lack of enthusiasm for the current candidates:

There are three declared candidates — South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon; Jayantha Dhanapala, a Sri Lankan former U.N. undersecretary-general for disarmament, and Thailand's deputy prime minister, Surakiart Sathirathai — but none has stirred great enthusiasm and more are expected, diplomats said.

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