Thailand's foreign minister, Surakiart Sathirathai, has emerged as the frontrunner among the possible candidates to succeed Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the UN when Annan's term ends in 2006. Sathirathai received the endorsement of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN) earlier this week. The Straits Times has more on the endorsement here, and the International Herald Tribune has more on Sathirathai's candidacy here.
In other international law news...
- French President Jacques Chirac has declared his intent to seek a way to amend the French Constitution in order to require a referendum before allowing further admissions to the EU. Chirac has said that he opposes the entrance of Turkey into the European Union without a referendum by the French people, a majority of whom are clearly opposed to the proposal. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was at the Friday press conference where Chirac made his remarks and said that he agreed with France's opinion on Turkey. Deutsche Welle has more.
- Sudan has agreed to allow an expanded military presence of over 4000 African troops in the Darfur region. The troops will serve as monitors acting under the authority given to the African Union by the UN Security Council to increase its military presence in the area. Sudan has thusfar refused to allow a UN peacekeeping mission, however. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the Darfur conflict here. BBC News has more.
- Indonesian police have identified one of the bombers involved in the terrorist attack on the Australian Embassy in September. Heri Golun was identified from DNA samples take from his remains found at the scene of the blast that killed him and eight others. Police said Golun has links to two other Islamic fundamentalist terrorists that the police have been looking for and believe to be the masterminds behind the attack. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the bombing here. BBC News has more.