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AU endorses Uganda's candidature for UN General Assembly presidency

English.news.cn   2013-05-24 18:48:52            

KAMPALA, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) Executive Council, composed of African foreign affairs ministers has endorsed Uganda's foreign affairs minister, Sam Kutesa's candidacy for president of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly for 2014-2015.

Uganda's ministry of foreign affairs in a statement issued here on Friday said the Council endorsed Kutesa following a decision by Cameroon to withdraw its candidate, Pierre Moukoko, in favor of Uganda's candidate. The statement said Moukoko withdrew his candidature based on the need to further promote the friendly relations existing between the two countries, as well as maintaining African solidarity for international posts and positions.

It is Africa's turn to provide the President to the assembly for the 69th Session based on the principle of geographical rotation.

"This endorsement therefore means Honorable Kutesa will be elected by acclamation by the United Nations General Assembly during elections to be held in June 2014," said the statement.

Kutesa said the decision for Cameroon to withdraw its candidate signifies Africa's confidence in Uganda to represent them at the highest level.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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