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Ban Ki-moon thanks “punctual” Deiss

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

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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