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ACBH WELCOMES UNSC RECOMMENDATION OF ANTóNIO GUTERRES AS THE NEXT SECRETARY-GENERAL OF UN
Today, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously nominated former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002), António Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). Mr. Guterres is set to assume office on January 1, 2017, taking over from Ban Ki-moon. The recommendation of the UNSC will go before the 193-member UN General Assembly for approval in the coming days.
"The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH) congratulates Mr. António Guterres on his recommendation by the UNSC to be the next Secretary-General of the UN. ACBH looks forward on working with Mr. Guterres and UN member states on supporting democracy, freedom, peace and prosperity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the Southeast Europe region. ACBH is especially grateful to the United States Mission to the UN for their steadfast work in supporting BiH and for standing with ACBH and the Bosnian American diaspora in our fight against genocide denial," stated ACBH President Mirzeta Hadzikadic.
ACBH met with the United States Mission to the UN last month in New York City to voice grave concerns of the Bosnian American diaspora regarding Vuk Jeremic's bid to become the next Secretary-General of the UN. During his time as President of the 67th UN General Assembly (UNGA), former Serbian Foreign Minister Jeremic consistently used the UN as a platform to spread Serbian nationalist agenda. In a series of highly inappropriate and controversial events, Mr. Jeremic organized an inflammatory debate on the topic of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The event was insulting to the non-Serb victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing in both BiH and Croatia.
For the past decade, Mr. Guterres has served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and according to the Washington Post, while in that capacity, Mr. Guterres slashed expenditures on headquarters and staff by about half and increased the capacity of emergency response to the growing wave of refugees seeking protection. ACBH once again welcomes the nomination of Mr. Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the UN and hopes that he will use his political, diplomatic and humanitarian acumen in leading the UN on tackling important global challenges facing the world today.