INTRODUCTION: Nine candidates have been nominated for the position of United Nations General Secretary.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Nine candidates have been nominated for the position of United Nations General Secretary. The contest was thrown wide open after the incumbent Kurt Waldheim and the only initial challenger, Tanzania's Foreign Minister Salim Ahmed Salim both withdrew following a series of inconclusive ballots. Four new names were added to the preliminary list of five just prior to Wednesday's (9 December) deadline.
SYNOPSIS: This is how Mr. Salim withdrew his nomination on Tuesday (8 December).
The Security Council must review all candidates and make a recommendation to the General Assembly before it adjourns on Tuesday (15 December).
The Foreign Minister of Panama, Jorge Illueca is one of the nine men vying for the post. In his speech to the Security Council after an attempted coup in 1977 on the Benin Republic, Mr. Illueca reported in a U.N. inquiry.
Among the leading contenders is the former chief delegate of Peru, Javier Perez de Cuellar. He was appointed the special U.N. envoy to explore the possibility of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. The mission took Mr. Perez de Cuellar, wearing the light coloured suit, to Pakistan for talks with Foreign Minister Agha Shahi.
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, who can claim several nationalities is another favoured for the post. The Prince, seen here with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is a former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Commonwealth Secretary-General Shridath Ramphal of Guyana is also nominated.
Argentina's ambassador to Britain, Carlos Ortiz de Rosas is one of the original five to nominate. To win nomination of the 15-member council -- a candidate must receive at least nine votes and avoid a veto by any of the five permanent members -- the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain, China and France.
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