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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Among the candidates to the General secretaries of the UN found “Putin’s ally”

Forces at the United Nations first ever public hearings of candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General favourite was head of UNESCO, the representative of Bulgaria Irina Bokova. The Western press has responded to allegations that her candidacy is supported by Moscow, and the MS Bokova called almost an ally of the Russian President.

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“A former Communist backed by Vladimir Putin, became the most probable candidate on a post of the head of the United Nations as the first woman in this position,” writes the British edition Daily Mail.

At the end of this year, completed the second five-year term in his current post of UN Secretary-General by South Korean diplomat ban Ki-moon. Although in theory, restrictions to ensure that he continued to remain in office for a third term, and no, almost in UN history has no precedents, when the Secretary General was at the helm of the organization more than two terms.

Currently in place, which will be released after ban Ki-moon, with eight candidates. Six of them represent Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Moldavia). Also to the post of Secretary General claimed ex-Commissioner for refugees, former Prime Minister of Portugal antónio gutteres and kiwi Helen Clark, who heads the UN Program for development.

From the point of view of statistics from Eastern European candidates the best chances – after all, representatives of this region have never been secretaries General of the UN and regional “rotation” in General is welcome. The chances for women to become General Secretary – and the “Eastern European bloc” among the candidates are three of them. This is Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), Natalia Gherman (former head of the Moldovan Ministry of foreign Affairs) and Vesna pusić (former foreign Minister of Croatia).

With this in mind, and guide one of the most famous of the specialized agencies of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organization, Irina Bokova really good chances to become the new Secretary General of the United Nations.

During the presentation of his candidacy Bokova said that as the UN Secretary-General she would focus on the provision of equal opportunities of women and men, as well as on the integration of migrants. And pointed out that her experience as the Director General of UNESCO gives her management experience. “I’m from a generation that was able to work for the introduction of democracy in Bulgaria, I’m part of the generation that paved the way to democracy in this country,” said Irina Bokova.

However, her background obviously many will not like – especially in the West. Not coincidentally, the Daily Mail recalled Irina Bokova’s Communist past – her father, Georgi Bokov, was one of the leaders of the Bulgarian Communist party and chief editor of the party newspaper “Rabotnichesko business.” I remember her fluency in the Russian language: she graduated from in 1976 MGIMO, worked in diplomatic posts in the Soviet era. However, in the early nineties who retired from the foreign Minister Irina Bokova was trained under the program of NATO for Central and Eastern Europe, spetsializirovanykh on the protection of minorities. And subsequently led the European policy forum, designed to foster European integration of Bulgaria and promotion of European values in Bulgaria. In 2009 it was approved by the Director-General of UNESCO, and in 2013 was re-elected to head UNESCO for a second term.

Don’t like the British newspaper and frequent Side visits to Moscow and its close relationship with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Mitrofanova. Well, needless to say, she “dug up” dirt: in particular, Irina Bokova blame the fact that it seems to have promoted itself in deputies with a violation of personnel procedures “not enough qualified official” from Brazil Ana Luiza Thompson-Flores. And another Side put in a reproach that in a statement released before her accession to the post of head of UNESCO summary it was erroneously stated that she was previously headed by the foreign Ministry of Bulgaria.

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