UN Security Council diplomats offered near universal praise Tuesday for South Korea's candidate for UN secretary-general a day after his easy victory in an informal ballot made him the near-certain successor to Kofi Annan.
The remarks from veto-wielding nations Britain, China, and Russia, as well as others, broke the traditional practice by which diplomats guard their governments' preferences, and was a clear indication that all of them now believe Ban Ki-Moon will become the eighth secretary-general in the UN's 61 years.
"I think his all-round experience, what he's offering has been judged by everybody to be the best contribution that we could see coming from those candidates," Britain's UN Ambassador Emyr Jones-Parry said. "For the UK, we look forward very much to working with him."
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