INTRODUCTION: Nine candidates have been nominated for the position of United Nations General Secretary.
GV EXTERIOR United Nations building
SCU INTERIOR Salim speaking
(MUTE) Journalists listening
(MUTE) GV PAN Security Council delegates seated
SV Panamanian delegate Jorge Illeucar speaking in Spanish
SV ZOOM TO Javier Perez de Cuellar seated with Shah Nawaz (3 shots)
SVs Mrs. Gandhi seated with Aga Khan (2 shots)
GV Security Council with members seated
SV Guyana's Shridath Ramphal speaking as delegates listen (2 shots)
SV Argentina's Ortiz de Rosas speaking in Spanish
SALIM: (SEQ. 2): "I have just informed the President of the Security Council to set aside my name from subsequent ballots that the Council may hold in the present circumstances. This is my opinion will give real possibilities for other candidates from the Third World to be considered and for the Council to make progress in its efforts. At the same time I've assured the President of my continued availability to serve in the event of the Council is unable to realise the concurrence of all the permanent members in this regard."
RAMPHAL: (SEQ. 9): "This meeting of the Security Council helps in significant measure to fulfil one of the primary functions of the United Nations organisation, namely to redress at the international level, imbalance, injustice, inequities -- created, sustained and allowed to go unrequited at the level of region. The treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America, the treaty of Tatalowcal (phonetic) presents a good example of the adventures of falsification."
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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.