Lajcak Second in UN Straw Poll, Foreign Ministry Declines to Comment

Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak. (Photo by TASR/AP)

Bratislava, September 9 (TASR) – Straw polls for selecting the successor of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are part of an internal process in Security Council that isn’t commented on publicly by its members, Slovakia’s Foreign and European Ministry stated on Friday in reaction to the second place of Slovak minister Miroslav Lajcak.

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres earlier in the day topped the fourth successive straw poll in the Security Council, ahead of Slovak Foreign Minister Lajcak, said diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The process continues and there will be further rounds, so it would be premature to comment on the vote and preliminary results of these indicative rounds,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Stano.

Guterres, a former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, got 12 ‘encourage’ votes, two ‘discourage’ and one ‘no opinion’. Lajcak received ten positive votes, four negative and one neutral.

Third place went to former Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic on nine positive votes, four negative and one abstention.