Lukovac: Luksic should not have withdrawn from the race for UN secretary general

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The candidate of the Government of Montenegro for the UN Secretary General UN, Igor Luksic, should have stayed in the race until final decision of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly, the former Montenegrin foreign minister Branko Lukovac said.

On Tuesday, Luksic informed the president of the United Nations General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft and the president of the Security Council of the UN Ramlan Bin Ibrahim that he was withdrawing his candidacy for the position of secretary general.

“I think that Luksic should have stayed in the race until final decision of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly and use the opportunity to affirm his and Montenegro’s positions related to the importance and role of the UN in dealing with contemporary challenges”, Lukovac told MINA news agency.

According to him, this was one of the important values of his candidacy and not only an estimate if Luksic had the greatest chance of being elected to the post, compared to other candidates”, said Lukovac.

He added that Luksic’s decision was not unexpected, given the fact that some media have announced the withdrawal of his candidacy after the second round of voting in the Security Council.

Lukovac believes that, in presentations to the members of the Security Council, as well as in their estimates on impression of individual candidates, preference was given to candidates with international experience, particularly within the UN system rather than “to youth, education and the duties performed by a candidate in his/her country”.

Asked whether the lack of lobbying was one of the reasons for Luksic’s rating after the second round of voting, Lukovac said he believes that greater engagement of state authorities and lobbyists would remain without significant impact on the final decision of the Security Council.

“In particular its permanent members, which will be motivated by their political interests and relations”, said Lukovac.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro