The United Nations General Assembly today (21 June) re-elected Ban Ki-moon for a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin:
“I congratulate Ban Ki-moon on his re-election as United Nations Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon epitomizes the efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully. That is why Germany supported his candidature from the outset.”
Under Article 97 of the United Nations Charter, the Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council. Since Germany is currently a member of the Security Council, it supported his bid for re-election.
The United Nations Secretary-General is elected for a five-year term. Ban Ki-moons current term ends on 31 December 2011.