Qatar diplomat named next UN assembly president

June 22, 2011 23:07


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UNITED NATIONS - The UN General Assembly on Wednesday elected as its next president veteran Qatari diplomat Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, who UN diplomats say is unlikely to cause trouble for Western powers.

Nasser, who has been Qatar's ambassador to the United Nations since 1998, will replace Joseph Deiss of Switzerland. Previously Qatar's envoy to Canada, Brazil, Cuba and other countries, he will take over the UN job in mid-September.

Nasser told the the 192-nation General Assembly after his unanimous election that he would act as a bridge between developed, developing and least-developed nations.

He added that he would focus on "building consensus on major global challenges facing the world today." He said those included armed conflicts, climate change, tackling the financial crisis, poverty and responding to natural disasters.

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