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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Tuesday with Moldova’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman, who is a candidate for United Nations Secretary General, the Russian foreign inistry said.
"The sides discussed prospects for enhancing the efficiency of the United Nations activities and elections of the organization’s new secretary general," the ministry said.
The office term of the United Nations current Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, expires on December 31. He has been in the office since January 1, 2007. As of today, contenders for the post along with Natalia Gherman are UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, Foreign Minister of Montenegro Igor Luksic, Former Macedonian Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim, former President of Slovenia Danilo Turk, and former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres.