Tony has all the details over at UNSG.org.
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It appears that Ban Ki-moon is rolling out the endorsements prior to Monday’s colored straw poll, presenting himself as Asia’s consensus candidate.
Sri Lankan press is reporting that Dhanapala and Sri Lanka are throwing support behind Ban.
AP is reporting that Japan will endorse at an upcoming event. The Japanese Foreign Minister has been quoted as saying:
Assuming a summit meeting can be arranged, (Japan’s endorsement) would be offered at that point.
The only question at this point is who the sole discourage vote was on Thursday’s straw poll and whether more will occur as a consequence of allegations of corruption or improprieties in the way that Ban has fought the campaign. Speculation is that the UK was responsible for the “discourage” as a delaying tactic. There is a chance that the news stories may solidify that, further encouraging more candidates, which has been the standard line of the UK and the US.
Tomorrow will be quite interesting.
The Washington Post’s columnist Jim Hoagland:
That warning of the dangers of answered prayers applies particularly to President Bush and his support for Ban Ki Moon, South Korea’s reliably stolid foreign minister, in the highly competitive race to succeed Kofi Annan at year’s end. Bush — pilloried by Third World radicals at last week’s General Assembly opening — may be picking up a lightning rod instead of a shield.
Hoagland reports that the US has committed, at some point, to withdraw its support for Shashi Tharoor:
A shift to voting only for Ban — a move that Bush indicated he would make to South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun at a White House meeting this month — would probably doom the hopes of Tharoor and the other candidates.
Hoagland also mentions our concerns about foreign aid:
South Korea’s generosity in foreign aid and investment decisions may work in Ban’s favor with some nations, it is said in diplomatic understatement in the corridors of the United Nations.
This article suggests that the deal is done. The UK could not sustain a veto unless there was a substantially better candidate.
They announced it Thursday, Xinhua has the details:
“We concluded that, realistically, it would be difficult to win two of the most important elections in the United Nations at the same time,” said a foreign ministry official.
“We informed the UN member states of the decision on Aug. 29,” said the official, adding that South Korea will resume its campaign for membership of the council “as early as possible.”
A sign of confidence in Ban Ki-moon’s candidacy?
Ban Ki-moon and Surakiart Sathirathai are actively wooing Ghana right now.
A special envoy of the President of South Korea was in Ghana today to deliver a message about the UNSG race:
According to a Ghanaian news agency the content of the message was not disclosed but was believed to be bordering around South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Ban Ki- Moon’s campaign bid to head the United Nations.
At the same time, Sathirathai was meeting with the VP of Ghana in Bangkok:
He used his one-and-half-hour meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Surakiart Sathirathai in Bangkok to explain why the two developing countries should share expertise in cassava and fish production with emphasis on tuna in Ghana for the economic advantage of the two countries.
What is all the excitement about? Does Ghana want their money?
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.