Swiss may head next UN General Assembly

15th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Former Swiss president Joseph Deiss is likely to become the president of the next UN General Assembly.

United Nations -- Joseph Deiss, a former Swiss president and foreign minister, is likely to become the president of the next UN General Assembly in September 2010, diplomats said Monday.

Deiss was chosen as the candidate of the 192-member assembly's Western European and Others Group (WEOG), which is next in line to assume the presidency.

Johann Aeschlimann, a spokesman for the Swiss mission to the UN, told AFP that the decision was reached during "a straw poll this afternoon within the group", which brings together Western Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand.

The spokesman said Deiss secured more votes than his only other rival, Belgium's former foreign minister Louis Michel.

This was confirmed by Assembly spokesman Jean Victor Nkolo.

Deiss, who was president of his country in 2002 when it joined the United Nations, is expected to be formally elected by the assembly next May or June.

The General Assembly elects a president annually, and the post rotates among the five geographic groups.

This year, the assembly's president is Libyan former foreign minister Ali Triki, who was elected in June after receiving the backing of the assembly's 53-nation African bloc.

AFP / Expatica

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