Belgian hopes to steer UN General Assembly
Belgium's Louis Michel, a former EU development commissioner, is hoping to be the next president of the UN General Assembly, he told RTBF public television on Wednesday.
"This is about holding the presidency of the world's parliament," said Michel, contending that by putting him forward as a candidate for the 2010-2011 session, the Belgian government is not looking to sideline him.
"The day when I'm put into a closet has not yet come," he said.
Belgian Foreign Minister Yves Leterme said support for Michel to chair the 192-nation assembly has already been expressed by Luxembourg and the Netherlands, reported the Belga news agency.
Michel, 62, oversaw EU development policy for five years until July this year when he resigned to sit in the European Parliament. He was previously Belgium's foreign minister from 1999 to 2004.
The current UN General Assembly president is Ali Abdussalam Treki, a veteran Libyan diplomat who was elected to the post in June.