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Russia does not consider Vike-Freiberga fit to be UN Secretary-General

Russia will support any candidate from Asia for the post of UN Secretary-General and will vote against the candidature of Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga. That is what Vitali Churkin, Russian envoy to the UN, said yesterday after the third round of the rating vote at the UN Security Council.

"We make no secret of our stance, which is to support an Asian candidate. Each one of those candidates has such a background that he is in a position to run any organization, even the FIFA", said the Russian envoy.

According to the UN Security Council rating vote to find a candidate for the post of a new UN Secretary-General, head of the Korean foreign ministry Ban Ki-Moon, who received 13 votes out 15, maintains the lead. He is followed by Shashi Tarur from India, with eight votes to his credit. Vike-Freiberga, a newcomer to the rating vote, came third with seven votes in her favor, six against her and two abstentions.

During an informal meeting with media representatives, Vitali Churkin noted that the Russian side does not think it proper to support the candidature of the Latvian president. "We have very serious problems with Latvia. We believe that the rights of the Russian-speaking community in Latvia, who make up about 40 percent of that country's population, are violated", said the Russian diplomat. "The United Nations Organization was created based on the results of the Second World War. Latvia has a very strange interpretation of those results", he added.

The next round of voting for the candidature of a new UN Secretary-General will be held October 2. The permanent members of the UN Security Council will start using their right of veto during the vote – a red card would disqualify the candidate objectionable to at least one of the "big five". The new head of the UN has to be elected by consensus. The incumbent UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has been in charge of the UN for 10 years, is due to leave the post December 31 this year.
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