Security Council recommends reappointment of UN SecretaryGeneral

In a closed-door meeting this morning at UN Headquarters in New York, the Council’s 15 members adopted by acclamation a resolution on extending Mr. Ban’s time in office.The Council recommended that Mr. Ban serve a second term starting on 1 January 2012 and ending on 31 December 2016, Ambassador Nelson Messone of Gabon, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, told journalists.Under Article 97 of the UN Charter, the Security Council makes a recommendation and then the General Assembly makes a decision on the appointment. The consistent practice is that the Council recommends one candidate.Speaking to reporters in Brazil, where he is on the final day of an official visit, Mr. Ban said he was “deeply honoured” by the Council’s vote.“It is an immense privilege to serve this great Organization as Secretary-General, and I am grateful for the confidence and support,” he said.“During the past four and a half years, we have worked closely with all the Member States, including the Security Council, to achieve progress on critical global issues of peace and security, development and human rights.“I am proud of all we have done together, even as I am aware of formidable challenges ahead. In the 21st century, the United Nations matters in a different and deeper way.”Mr. Ban, who has been in office since January 2007, is the eighth person to serve as UN Secretary-General. 17 June 2011The Security Council announced today that it is recommending to the General Assembly that Ban Ki-moon be appointed to a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the United Nations. read more

Mangala asserts no agreement to implement Zeids report

He said Sri Lanka had refused to agree to an international investigation on the war and instead pushed for a domestic mechanism. Samaraweera said that the Government had only agreed to a Resolution on Sri Lanka and the Resolution did not include the recommendations of Ra’ad Al Hussein. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says Sri Lanka has not agreed to implement the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.The recommendations were in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March this year. Samaraweera also said that some elements in the military could harm the image of the security forces and action must be taken against those elements.The joint opposition submitted a motion in Parliament warning that the Geneva Resolution was a threat to the country’s sovereignty.However Samaraweera said the motion was misleading. (Colombo Gazette) The former Foreign Minister said that in March, 48 countries backed Sri Lanka’s proposal through the Resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.He said that countries like Russia and China supported the efforts being taken by the current Government to address the human rights issue. read more