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June 16, 2006 | From Reuters
India nominated senior U.N. official and author Shashi Tharoor on Thursday to succeed Kofi Annan when his 10-year term as United Nations secretary-general concludes at the end of the year. Tharoor, 50, an Indian, is the U.N. undersecretary-general for communications and public information. New Delhi said it strongly supported the principle of regional rotation, under which the next secretary-general should be from Asia. China also has made it clear it wants the next U.N. chief to be Asian.
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July 4, 2009 | Bruce Wallace
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon knew he was taking a risk by traveling to Myanmar this week to plead with the country's ruling generals for a meeting with imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Several Western diplomats warned Ban the generals would use his presence to claim legitimacy for their autocratic rule, even as they proceed with what many regard as a show trial of Suu Kyi for allegedly violating terms of her house arrest.
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NEWS
November 12, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Butros Butros Ghali, showing formidable support from many quarters, took the lead on Monday in the race for United Nations secretary general by winning the approval of 11 of the 15 members of the Security Council in an informal poll.
WORLD
December 31, 2006 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
Secretary-General Kofi Annan says that he will keep working until midnight tonight, when his 10-year tenure as the world's top diplomat officially ends. But he has already begun reflecting on his achievements, frustrations and failures as a leader who embodies the world's ideals, and as a man who often could not escape his limitations to make those ideals a reality. Although it is sometimes debated whether Annan, 68, was more "secretary" or "general," he was mostly an idealist.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boutros Boutros-Ghali "suspended" his candidacy for reelection as United Nations secretary-general Wednesday, a move that diplomats here said clears the way for selection of a new U.N. leader more acceptable to the United States. The U.N. Security Council, charged with nominating the secretary-general, is expected to begin considering alternative candidates Friday and could make a selection as early as Monday, council sources said.
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May 27, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No candidates figure to strain their voices or flatten their feet stumping the constituency. No handlers are waiting in the wings with mudslinging TV commercials. All is calm and quiet, without the patter of insults or flashes of emotion. Yet the electoral campaign for United Nations secretary general is already well under way.
OPINION
September 17, 2006 | SWATI PANDEY
Before the beginning of 2007, the United Nations must elect a replacement for outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Candidates can declare their intention to run but risk the disdain of fellow diplomats if they publicly campaign for the post. After reviewing the candidates, members of the Security Council conduct straw polls among themselves to gauge support for a candidate, with each contender receiving an "encouragement" or "discouragement."
WORLD
October 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The General Assembly on Friday appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as U.N. secretary-general. Ban, 62, will become the eighth secretary-general in the U.N.'s 60-year history Jan. 1, when Annan's second five-year term expires. He was one of seven candidates vying to be the U.N. chief and topped all four informal polls in the Security Council.
NEWS
January 3, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kofi Annan began his term as U.N. secretary-general Thursday by swiftly moving to the top of his public agenda the need to reform and streamline the embattled world organization. In a brief statement to reporters as he entered the building for his first day on the job, the 58-year-old Ghanaian, a veteran of three decades of work within the U.N., linked reform to the need for countries to pay their back dues.
NEWS
January 22, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrives in Washington today for his first official visit, his initial meeting--before sessions with President Clinton, Sen. Jesse Helms, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the National Press Club--will be a 45-minute chat with the 10-member Minnesota congressional delegation. Annan, born in the West African nation of Ghana, had his first exposure to America in the early 1960s as an undergraduate at small Macalester College in St. Paul.
WORLD
October 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The General Assembly on Friday appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as U.N. secretary-general. Ban, 62, will become the eighth secretary-general in the U.N.'s 60-year history Jan. 1, when Annan's second five-year term expires. He was one of seven candidates vying to be the U.N. chief and topped all four informal polls in the Security Council.
OPINION
September 17, 2006 | SWATI PANDEY
Before the beginning of 2007, the United Nations must elect a replacement for outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Candidates can declare their intention to run but risk the disdain of fellow diplomats if they publicly campaign for the post. After reviewing the candidates, members of the Security Council conduct straw polls among themselves to gauge support for a candidate, with each contender receiving an "encouragement" or "discouragement."
WORLD
June 16, 2006 | From Reuters
India nominated senior U.N. official and author Shashi Tharoor on Thursday to succeed Kofi Annan when his 10-year term as United Nations secretary-general concludes at the end of the year. Tharoor, 50, an Indian, is the U.N. undersecretary-general for communications and public information. New Delhi said it strongly supported the principle of regional rotation, under which the next secretary-general should be from Asia. China also has made it clear it wants the next U.N. chief to be Asian.
NEWS
June 28, 2001 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Security Council unanimously nominated Kofi Annan on Wednesday for a second five-year term as secretary-general, paving the way for the 189-member General Assembly to formally endorse his election Friday. Annan's impending reelection breaks tradition in several ways. The vote usually occurs at the end of the year. And, under the U.N.'s rotation schedule, an Asian diplomat would have been expected to get the post.
NEWS
January 22, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrives in Washington today for his first official visit, his initial meeting--before sessions with President Clinton, Sen. Jesse Helms, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the National Press Club--will be a 45-minute chat with the 10-member Minnesota congressional delegation. Annan, born in the West African nation of Ghana, had his first exposure to America in the early 1960s as an undergraduate at small Macalester College in St. Paul.
NEWS
December 12, 1996 | From Reuters
The contest for the post of U.N. secretary-general was deadlocked Wednesday, with the head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Kofi Annan of Ghana, leading the field of four African candidates but unable to shake off a potential French veto. Further balloting was set for today.
NEWS
December 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
African countries submitted four nominees for the top U.N. post after African leaders ended a summit without agreeing on a candidate to succeed Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Envoys said the nominees are: U.N. Undersecretary-General Kofi Annan of Ghana, former Niger Prime Minister Hamid Algabid, Ivory Coast Foreign Minister Amara Essy and former U.N. special envoy Ahmedou Ould Abdallah of Mauritania. Security Council members met to discuss the candidates, and U.N.
NEWS
January 3, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kofi Annan began his term as U.N. secretary-general Thursday by swiftly moving to the top of his public agenda the need to reform and streamline the embattled world organization. In a brief statement to reporters as he entered the building for his first day on the job, the 58-year-old Ghanaian, a veteran of three decades of work within the U.N., linked reform to the need for countries to pay their back dues.
NEWS
December 14, 1996 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Searching for clarification of its role in the post-Cold War world and mired in financial woe, the United Nations turned for leadership Friday to one of its veteran officials, Kofi Annan of Ghana, with the Security Council designating him the seventh secretary-general. Annan, 58, has held U.N. posts around the world for 30 years, most recently the sensitive job of undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations. He is well liked within the U.N.
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