“The next UN Secretary-General should come from Central-Eastern Europe and it would be useful if the next leader of the international organisation came from within the Western Balkan region”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday in Budapest at a press conference following his meeting with Montenegrin Foreign Minister and candidate for United Nations Secretary-General Igor Lukšić.

Mr. Szijjártó stressed that the stability of the Western Balkans is especially important to Hungary and could be significantly increased by a new UN Secretary-General from the region. In reply to a question, he noted that the Hungarian Government feels Mr. Lukšić is qualified for the post of Secretary-General, but has not yet come to an official decision on which of the several candidates from the region it will be supporting.

The Foreign Minister said his only request to his negotiating partner with relation to the functioning of the United Nations was that he do everything possible following his appointment as Secretary-General in the interests of declassifying secret documents in the international organisation’s archives pertaining to the events of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.