World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Ban Ki-moon Optimistic On Lebanese Presidency


Ban Ki-moon 'cautiously optimistic' about deadlock on Lebanese presidency

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has just completed an international visit that included a stop in Lebanon, said today he was "cautiously optimistic" that the country's political leaders could resolve their tense stand-off over the election of a new president.

Speaking to reporters at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban said he was concerned that Lebanon's leaders have not been able to agree so far on a consensus candidate for president. A new president is supposed to be elected before a deadline of 24 November.

But Mr. Ban said he "was more cautiously optimistic than I was a week ago, with all the international community's strong support and encouragement, with strong commitment by Speaker [of the Parliament, Nabih] Berri and [the] MP Saad Hariri."

During his brief visit to Lebanon, the Secretary-General held talks with a range of leaders, including Mr. Berri and Mr. Hariri.

"If these two leaders work together, I think that they can find common solutions which will be acceptable to all Lebanese people. This is my sincere hope. But I know that there are some other obstacles. My meetings with opposition leaders were not that encouraging but, at the same time, with all this negotiation and political compromise efforts going on, even though time is running out, I hope that we are able to see the Lebanese people agree on a presidential candidate."

Mr. Ban also met Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir of the Maronite Church, as well as with other representatives of the country's Christian community and of Hizbollah.

"I have urged them that, for the future of their nation, they should elect a president in accordance with their constitutional procedures within the framework by the deadline without outside interference and also on the basis of international legitimacy."

He stressed that the UN would support any president elected on a "broad basis with strong commitment to international legitimacy."

Mr. Ban described his overall international trip, which also took him to Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Tunisia and Spain and was dominated by the issue of climate change, as "hectic but rewarding."

ENDS

More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news