Annan seeks Assembly approval for extending Mary Robinson's appointment
"The Secretary-General trusts that the General Assembly will approve this extension," a UN spokesman told the press today in New York. Mr. Annan's recommendation was made in a note to the General Assembly, which was released today.
The proposal follows Mr. Annan's announcement on 2 April that he had "prevailed on [Ms. Robinson], subject to approval by the General Assembly, to stay on for one more year." In mid-March, the High Commissioner had announced that she would not seek another term beyond the expiration of her current term of office this September.
Ms. Robinson, a former President of Ireland, is the second person to serve in the position of High Commissioner. José Ayala-Lasso of Ecuador was the first official to occupy the post, which was established by the General Assembly in 1993.