Pusic on visit to China within her UN Secretary-General bid

Croatian Parliament Deputy Speaker Vesna Pusic, who is one out of the dozen official candidates for the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, has been staying in Beijing for a few days within her campaign for that post, and on that occasion she met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

This has been Pusic's fourth meeting with Wang Yi and in her interview with Hina, Pusic, a former Croatian foreign minister said, that the talks in Beijing focused on how she looks at the future of that World Organisation.

"While presenting my vision, I did not concentrate on what is usual, but on additional elements in three or four major activities of the UN: peace, security, development and human rights, as well as innovations in leadership which the new UN Secretary-General is expected to show."

Asked how the Chinese Foreign Minister responded to her presentation, Pusic said that Wang Yi welcomed her idea that high-quality negotiators can do sometimes more than peace-keeping armed troops.

"He responded in the same manner to my idea that a group of the countries providing development assistance should be expanded. I must underscore that the meeting was very pleasant and that he said that I was a very competitive candidate."

In the statement to Hina, Pusic said that her campaign for the position of the UN Secretary-General was nearing completion and that she would now turn to the campaigning in the run-up to a snap parliamentary election in Croatia, set for 11 September.

The term of the current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expires on 31 December 2016.

Last update: Thu, 21/07/2016 - 11:29

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