Singapore reaffirms its support for Thai Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai's candidacy for the United Nations Secretary-General post.
The island republic's foreign ministry spokesman said today the announcement of South Korea's Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon's candidacy for the post will not affect Singapore's support of Surakiart's candidacy.
ASEAN countries are expected to back the Thai candidate although two other Asian candidates are also vying for the post. Besides Korea's Ban and Thailand's Surakiart, Sri Lanka has also named diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala as its candidate for the post.
Incumbent UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan's second five-year term expires on Dec 31 and Asian countries believed it would be its turn next.
However, the United States and its European ally, Britain, were not in favour of rotating the post according to a region. So far, Australia is keeping mum, maybe Prime Minister Howard is awaiting instructions from George Bush.