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Lithuania Counters Serbian Contest for PGA via OSCE, Peru for Disarmament? Of GRULAC and Crying Wolff

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, February 7 -- The next President of the UN General Assembly will be from the Eastern European group, by the rotation system prevalent in the UN. There are two candidates: Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, and Lithuania's Permanent Representative Dalius Cekuolis. But now, Inner City Press is told, the battle has expanded.

  Sources in the Eastern European group say that since 1967, there has never been a contested election and vote within the group, as was avoided by withdrawal in last year's clash in the Asia group in which rising power Qatar beat out Nepal amid charges that the election was "bought."

  Here, there's grumbling that Lithuania has been "in line" for the position for some years. Now that Serbia's Jeremic has decided to challenge, sources tell Inner City Press, Lithuania has moved to "break silence" on Serbia coming to head the OSCE in 2014. Tit for tat, as they call it. Or leverage for a deal? Watch this site.

Vuk Jeremic & Portugal's Portas, broken silence on OSCE not shown

  In other "Perm Rep on the move" news, Inner City Press is told the Peru's current Permanent Representative Enrique Roman-Morey gunning for the Disarmament post being vacated by Duarte of Brazil.

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Ban Ki-moon shakes with Roman-Morey: Disarmament in play?

  Outgoing Under Secretary General for Management Angela Kane has also been mentioned for the post, but others say she's bound for the UN Economic Commission on Europe.

  A difficulty for Roman-Morey, sources tell Inner City Press, is that if as ICP has reported fellow GRULAC-er Susana Malcorra gets the Deputy Secretary General post from Asha-Rose Migiro, the "non-Japanese Asians" will, if Japan keeps DPI or gets OCHA, want another post: like Disarmament.

And, for the record, sources close to Alejandro Wolff now tell Inner City Press he will NOT come back to New York to head the Department of Political Affairs. It's said it was Ban Ki-moon, and not the Obama administration, which pulled in his name alongside that of Jane Holl Lute. Watch this site.

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