Forbes: Georgieva Risks Wrecking 'Regional Chances' for UN Top Job

Views on BG | February 3, 2016, Wednesday // 12:58
Bulgaria: Forbes: Georgieva Risks Wrecking 'Regional Chances' for UN Top Job EU Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva. File photo, BGNES

There is only one "genuinely eligible" Bulgarian frontrunner for the UN Secretary General's office and it isn't EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, an opinion piece published on Forbes magazine's website reads.

The "overwhelming" reason is that Russia won't accept her, but even being aware of this she and her supporters are "about to wreck their regional chances out of blind bureaucratic hubris".

"Bulgaria fits the bill perfectly and indeed the front runners hail from there. Yes I said runners, as in two, an unusual wrinkle in the annals of diplomacy. Most countries don’t produce one candidate, let alone two, with all the necessary attributes," the author writes.

He says that for the country, the UN Secretary General's job is a "chance of its biggest role in history since the Bulgars attacked Constantinople around 1200 AD, possibly ever."

While praising her qualities as the EU Commission official responsible for the common budget, the text notes her allies among colleagues are capable of applying "a lot of tacit pressure on a member country like Bulgaria to back her," referring to the allocations of funding in the next budget.

Another potential setback is her lack of experience as a professional diplomat.

The opinion piece ends with the "danger" that "a far superior candidate" might be derailed," in an apparent reference to UNESCO head Irina Bokova (whose name is not mentioned anywhere throughout the text).

Bulgaria has yet to nominate a candidate for the UN Secretary General's office, with the election itself due at the end of this year.

The full text is available here.

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