The unsuccessful bid by former Slovenian president Danilo Tuerk in running for UN secretary-general has led to dissent on Slovenia's political scene with ruling parties believing that the state's interests were positively promoted during the campaign whereas the Opposition claims that it was a diplomatic disaster.
"Tuerk wasn't defeated personally or as an individual candidate, Slovenia was defeated and that is what is concerning," former Slovenian foreign minister Dimitrij Rupel said in an interview for the Nova24tv station. Rupel opposed Tuerk's candidacy from the very start and criticised the government for supporting him.
"Had our government disassociated itself on time from that candidacy, the damage would have been much less than that that has resulted," added Rupel, who is close to centre-right parties.
The Opposition considers that incumbent foreign minister Karl Erjavec in particular erred when even though it was obvious that Tuerk had no chance and that member states in the Security Council would support Portuguese politician Antonio Guterres for that position, he continued claiming that Tuerk's chances were "very good," and that he was a credible candidate, with Prime Minister Miro Cerar agreeing.
After Tuerk's unsuccessful bid, Slovenian media reported that when Cerar congratulated Guterres, he nevertheless insisted that it had been a good move to nominate Slovenia's former president to that high position in that international organisation. The opposition however disagrees.
Before he was Slovenia's head of state, Danilo Tuerk represented that country in the UN and aor a while was former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's assistant for political affairs.
In the final round of voting, Tuerk had 5 votes for and 8 against, four of those voting against Tuerk were super powers, members of the Permanent Security Council and the only positive vote from any large power came from Russia, Slovenian media have reported.