Next UN chief promises to end "crisis of confidence"
Photo: Newly elected United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addresses the General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York. Ban has promised to end a "crisis of confidence" and heal divisions hampering the work of the world body. (AFP)
Oct 24 2006 AFP report via Turkish Press - Next UN chief promises to end "crisis of confidence" - excerpt:
The security and humanitarian crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur, the flare-ups in the Middle East and conflicts in Africa also called for concerted responses, Ban said.
As secretary-general, he added, he intends to seek an active role in finding a peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear issue.
Ban, only the second Asian secretary-general since U Thant in 1961-71, promised to listen to suggestions on better ways to get things done.
"And fully in line with the national character and values of my home country, I will do so with humility, honesty and our trademark 'can do' spirit."