Issue 24 – 2 October 2006 - Ambassador Wang Indicates Ban Ki Moon Will Be Recommended; Shashi Tharoor Withdraws

New York, 2 October 2006 – The Permanent Representative of China, Ambassador Wang, this afternoon told reporters that Ban Ki-Moon was the candidate that the Security Council would recommend to the General Assembly.  He said that the outcome of today’s straw poll was “quite clear” to that effect and that with 14 encouragement votes and 1 no opinion, support for Ban Ki Moon was “unanimous.”  

The full results have not been released but the weblog UNSG.org suggests their distribution as follows:

Candidate

Encourage

Discourage

No Opinion

Ban Ki Moon

Republic of Korea

14

0

1

Shashi Tharoor

India

10

3 (1 P)

2

Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Latvia-Lithuania-Estonia

5

6 (2 P)

4

Surakiart Sathirathai

Thailand

4

? (2 P)

?

Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan

4

? (3 P)

?

Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein

Jordan

2

8 (1 P)

5

The second-highest scoring candidate, Shashi Tharoor, withdrew his candidacy in a statement after the poll. 

Next Steps

A formal Security Council vote was set for Monday, October 9, in the morning.  That agreement will be confirmed on Tuesday, October 3, when the Council sets its monthly program. 

U.S. Ambassador Bolton said that the United States was “very pleased with the outcome,” that he would be “surprised if new candidates came forward” before the vote, although there was no time limit after which a candidate may not be presented.  He also indicated that upon making their recommendation to the General Assembly, the Council would consult with the President of the General Assembly about the amount of time they would take to consider the recommendation and about moving “promptly to a decision.”