China on Thursday said it wants the next UN Secretary-General to be Asian.
"China firmly believes that next UN Secretary-General should come from Asia and Asian countries will keep solidarity and coordinate the selection of a competent, prestigious Secretary-General, who is widely accepted by Asian countries," China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a news briefing.
French Ambassador to the United Nations, Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, said Wednesday that the first "straw polls" for a new UN Secretary-General are due to be held in the UN Security Council by the middle of July.
Sabliere, who is the Security Council president for July, told reporters at UN headquarters in New York that the UN Security Council hopes to submit the final candidate to the General Assembly either in late September or early October allowing the new Secretary-General several months to prepare before taking over the job at the beginning of next year.
Jiang said the straw polls are unofficial consultations and are aimed at testing Security Council members' general reactions to different candidates.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's second five-year term will end on December 31.
The UN charter allows the Security Council to nominate a candidate who is then be approved by the UN General Assembly.
Next UN secretary-general should come from Asia: FM spokesman
The next UN Secretary-General should come from an Asian country, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a regular press conference in Beijing Tuesday.
Liu said that the position of the UN Secretary-General has special and significant roles in pushing forward UN affairs and in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development worldwide.
The Chinese government attaches great importance to the selection of the next UN secretary-general, Liu said, adding that Asian people haven't taken the important post for 34 years though Asia is the most populous continent.
President Hu highlights UN's "irreplaceable" role
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 19, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]
Chinese President Hu Jintao said Friday that the United Nations (UN) is playing an "irreplaceable" role in maintaining peace, nurturing international cooperation and promoting common prosperity.
In a meeting with the visiting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Beijing Friday afternoon, Hu said the UN's collective security mechanism should be further used to cement multilateral dialogue and cooperation in a bid to address the global challenges and achieve sustainable peace and security of mankind.
"The issue of development should be placed in a priority position", Hu told Annan, suggesting that the UN should make efforts to create favorable conditions especially for developing countries and help the economic globalization to score mutual-benefit and win-win results.
China fully supports UN reform: state councilor
Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan (R) shakes hands with the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]
China will support United Nations and its secretary-general in playing their important role in international affairs, said State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan in Beijing Monday.
Tang told visiting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that all parties should actively, substantively and steadily promote the reform process.
"Reforms should emphasize finding solutions to help the vast developing countries and strengthening the UN's role in the development field," he said.