If Helen Clark is to become the next United Nations Secretary-General, it’s the Russians she needs most to convince she’s right for the job.
In Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday Prime Minister John Key will again advocate on her behalf when he meets his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.
Russia has already said it wants the next UN head to be from Eastern Europe, following rotation.
But Mr Key hopes Miss Clark will be considered as a compromise candidate if the permanent five members – the United States, United Kingdom, China, France and Russia – cannot settle on one person.
He told reporters in Laos on Wednesday it could be “game on” if the Eastern European candidates dropped out.
Miss Clark was ranked seventh in the latest straw poll last month.
With Russia being one of the countries with veto powers, this is actually a meeting that can influence the outcome.
Win or lose, Clark won’t be able to fault John Key’s attempts to keep her from being out of a job and coming home to New Zealand.
– Yahoo! News