UN chief's former aide endorses Angela Merkel for top UN post

German Chancellor Angela Merkel would make a strong candidate for the post of UN secretary general with a potential to unite world powers, a former speech-writer for current UN chief Ban Ki-moon told dpa Wednesday.

Mark Seddon, a British journalist who worked as a communications aide for Ban from 2014-16, said officials inside the UN system see Merkel as a potential candidate to take on the top UN post after Ban's term runs out at the end of this year.

"Angela Merkel is a global leader of real stature who would be able to act as an important bridge between West and East and at a critically important time," Seddon told dpa in an email.

"Many of the more thoughtful and committed senior UN officials privately also believe that she would make an excellent candidate."

Seddon noted that Merkel, a strong leader who is an outsider to the UN system, would be more apt to reform the organization.

"This is a real chance for the P5 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council) to show their faith once more in the United Nations," Seddon wrote.

Seddon first made the comments recommending Merkel for the top UN post in an opinion piece for The New York Times published Tuesday.

Stephane Dujarric, Ban's spokesman, distanced himself from Seddon's editorial Wednesday noting that the election of the next secretary general was solely in the hands of the UN member states.

"The views expressed in the editorial are only the views of its author, who no longer works here at the United Nations," Dujarric said.

"They do not represent the views of the secretary general."

Last update: Wed, 17/02/2016 - 21:53

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