Ban back on Campaign Trail

Ban Ki-moon will be visiting Peru and Argentina next week, according to reports in The Korea Times:

During his two-day visit to Peru from Aug. 9, Ban will co-host a policy planning meeting with the country’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Garcia Belaunde to discuss trade, resources and other issues, ministry officials said. He will also meet new Peruvian President Alan Garcia.

Following Peru, Ban, who is running for the position of United Nations secretary-general, will visit Argentina, where he will meet with Vice President Daniel Scioli and Vice Foreign Minister Garcia Moritan to discuss diplomatic ties and promote his bid for the U.N. post, the officials said.

Peru, of course, has a new President. Alan Garcia was sworn in on the 28th, after the most recent straw poll. Therefore Peru’s support may be shifting. There is speculation that one country abstained from expressing any opinion. If it were Peru — and Dhanapala thinks that they abstained for him — then this would be an important vote for Ban to nail down.

Ban will also stop in on Japan, one of the two leading options for Ban’s “discouraging” vote. His trip to Japan will be to go to the Emperor’s funeral. It will be in the context of the continued disagreement over Dokdo Islets, which seems to emerge every time Ban’s campaign kicks into gear.

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