Saturday, June 9, 2012

Vuk Jeremic elected president of the 67th Session of the UNGA

Vuk Jeremic elected president of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly here on Friday.
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic won the backing of 99 of the 185 Assembly members in a secret ballot, ahead of Dalius Cekuolis, the permanent representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the UN.
Jeremic to assume office at the start of the 67th Session in September.
"I pledge to fulfill my duties as president to the very best of my ability in order to try and justify the confidence you have bestowed upon me," Jeremic said after his election.
The post rotates each year between five UN regional groups, with the 67th session being the turn of the Eastern European Group.Jeremic will succeed Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, who was elected last year after endorsement by the Asian Group.Jeremic has held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia since May 15, 2007.

Al-Nasser congratulated Jeremic on the election victory. " Jeremic brings to this position his extensive experience in multilateralism and international affairs," he said. "I have no doubt that you will lead the Member States of this pre-eminent world body, in a truly able and dedicated manner."  Jeremic highlighted the theme that he proposed for the high-level debate at the opening of the 67th session, which is bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means.
"Given our experience we believe we could facilitate implementation of any resulting proposals including those related specifically to conflict prevention," he said. "In taking up this critical issue in September and beyond, let us not forget that peace is not merely the absence of war." Jeremic noted that he would exercise his authority "in a forthright and evenhanded manner with the utmost respect for the equal rights and dignity of each member state." "I hope that our joint endeavors may help bring us closer to the day when mankind shall have soothed its hurts and abolished its fears and in so doing further the aspirations of the peoples of the United Nations to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war," he said.

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