Brussels, 8 June 2011
Statement by President Barroso on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's readiness to serve a second term
"Since the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has now announced that he is a candidate for a second term, I would like to tell you how pleased I am with this announcement. I know Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon well. Even if the European Commission as such is not a member of the United Nations, we have a very intense working relationship with the UN and with the Secretary-General. Let me tell you how much we, in the European Union, appreciate his wisdom and his dedication to the solution of the important issues on our planet, from sustainability and supporting developing countries to our constant struggle for peace. I believe Ban Ki-moon has been and is a very good Secretary-General of the United Nations and we will be very pleased to see him continue in that very important position."