In the coming days Bulgaria is likely to support a possible nomination of European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva for UN Secretary General, dnevnik.bg and other news outlets report quoting undisclosed government sources. The said sources say, though, that the government has not yet found a suitable formula for doing this.
The Bulgarian candidate in the race for the top position at the UN, Irina Bokova, received seven votes of encouragement, five of discouragement and three of no opinion at the Friday ballot.
According to a British diplomatic source quoted by Reuters, the absolute minimum that a candidate needs is nine positive votes and no vetoes, so any candidate that is some way off that minimum is not going to win this race.
A fifth vote is due on September 26 and in October the Security Council must make a final decision about who to propose to the UN General Assembly.
According to various media reports, Kristalina Georgieva may be nominated by three central European countries supported by Germany. According to the chief of the New York Bureau of Al-Arabia, Talal Al-Haj, a nomination of Georgieva is expected in the coming days from Hungary, Latvia and Croatia. None of the four has its own candidate in the race and Talal Al-Haj says that the uniting formula is a candidate of the European People's Party. The Al-Arabia journalist is further quoted as saying that this plan was finalized in the corridors of the recent G20 meeting in China.