Russia backs Ban for second UN term
Russia on Thursday became the last permanent member of the Security Council to back UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's re-election, saying it would back his candidacy in a vote due later in the day.
"We are ready to support the candidacy of the esteemed Ban Ki-moon for a second term as UN Secretary General at Thursday's upcoming vote," Interfax quoted foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying.
Russia is one of the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council and is the last of the group to announce its formal support for Ban's candidacy.
The 66-year-old former South Korean foreign minister has already received backing from the European Union, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile as well as UN Security Council members United States, China, France and Britain.
The full UN General Assembly is expected to hold a formal vote before the end of June.
© 2011 AFP