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U.N. General Assembly Approves António Guterres As Next Secretary General; Guterres Pledges To Promote Peace Through Dialogue

Associated Press: Peace is top priority for next U.N. chief Antonio Guterres
“António Guterres pledged Thursday to make the pursuit of peace in a conflict-torn world his ‘over-arching priority’ after being elected the next secretary-general of the United Nations. The former Portuguese prime minister and U.N. refugee chief told the 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly who elected him by acclamation that the United Nations has ‘the moral duty and the universal right’ to ensure peace — and he will be promoting a new ‘diplomacy for peace’ advocating dialogue to settle disputes…” (10/13).

New York Times: António Guterres, Known for Nerve and Deal Making, Will Need Both at U.N.
“…Many raw-nerve reckonings are sure to confront Mr. Guterres when he takes over as the United Nations secretary general in January for a five-year term. The 15-member Security Council picked him last week, and the General Assembly unanimously approved the choice on Thursday. Mr. Guterres’s predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, who spoke to the General Assembly after the vote, called him ‘perhaps best known where it counts most: on the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian suffering’…” (Sengupta, 10/13).

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