Ban Ki-moon thanks "punctual" Deiss

Former cabinet minister Joseph Deiss has completed his year as president of the 65th United Nations General Assembly.

This content was published on September 12, 2011 minutes and agencies

Deiss, from the centre-right Christian Democratic Party, said on Monday that the General Assembly had perceived its role as a moral force for strengthening the UN.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked Deiss for doing a “super job in a very demanding year”.

Ban added that Deiss had always been punctual – “a real inspiration for the diplomats”.

The presidency of the UN General Assembly rotates annually between five geographic groups: African, Asian, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western European and other states. Deiss hands over to Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser from Qatar.

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