U.N. Chief Must Go, U.S. Insists

SATURDAY, NOV. 30, 1996

The United States ruled out any compromise on extending the tenure of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on Friday, as pressure mounted on African leaders to propose alternative candidates for the post.

The Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss selection of the next secretary-general, which has been at an impasse since the United States vetoed a second five-year term for Egyptian diplomat Boutros-Ghali. The council hopes to forward a name to the 185-General Assembly by Dec. 17.

Diplomats said U.S. Ambassador Madeleine Albright urged her African counterparts to “stop dillydallying” and submit new candidates.

For African diplomats, that means consulting 53 African presidents and struggling for consensus, said Botswana’s ambassador, Legwaila J. Legwaila.

“The most dangerous thing you can do is elect a secretary-general of the United Nations in a hurry,” Legwaila warned.


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