New York

09 October 2006

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on appointment of new Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the decision of the Security Council to recommend His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, to the General Assembly for appointment as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. He has the highest respect for Mr. Ban, having had the pleasure of working with him both in his present capacity and when he was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the General Assembly.

The Secretary-General hopes that the General Assembly will be able to reach a decision on this important matter in the near future, so that the incoming Secretary-General designate will have time to prepare fully for his assumption of office on

1 January. For his part, the Secretary-General will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition.