Buenos Aires Herald
In Western countries, feminists are winning battle after battle in the war against the patriarchy. Whenever a glass ceiling catches their eye, they set about smashing it. As far as they are concerned, mere parity with the other sex is not enough; after centuries of serving the menfolk, they say the time has come for their own to get all the top jobs. Susana Malcorra’s bid, like those of a couple of Bulgarian ladies, to become UN secretary general was based on that notion. In the US, Hillary Clinton thinks that being a woman gives her yet another advantage over the crudely macho Donald Trump.
WEDNESDAY. Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra finally strikes out in the race to be the next United Nations secretary-general, which is won by Portuguese ex-premier Antonio Guterres.
As the dust settled on Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra’s failed bid to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations yesterday, key government figures rallied around her as she stressed the “pride” she retains in holding the foreign affairs portfolio.
La candidatura de Malcorra habría sido una situación de ganar o ganar para Macri, tanto si resultaba electa como si llegaba bien posicionada hasta el final (como ocurrió). Pero en la carrera por la silla de Ban, quedó la ineludible impresión de que la canciller realizó movimientos que afectaron la política exterior en razón de su candidatura.
Malcorra in turn received a discourage ballot from one veto-holding member and six rotating members. She did not win the greatest number of "encourage" votes from the Security Council but, save for Guterres, received the least amount of "discourage" votes from permanent members. The sixth informal poli yester- day was the first to use colour-coded ballots to distinguish the votes of the five veto-wielding Security Council members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France.
Writing on Twitter, Malcorra said that she wished Guterres all the best as UN secretary-general and thanked President Mauricio Macri for placing the necessary confidence in her to be the country’s nominee for the position. Malcorra made it clear that she intends to continue on as Foreign minister.
Malcorra took umbrage at a suggestion from FpV Senator Juan Catalán Magni (Tierra del Fuego), who said that the Malvinas dispute was not a matter of trial and error and queried the decision to negotiate with the United Kingdom while she was in the running for UN secretary-general. London holds a veto in the Security Council.
“I am personally offended by what you just said. That you consider that I am commoditizing the Malvinas is totally unfair and I do not deserve it as Foreign minister nor as a person,” Malcorra shot back. She insisted that she had defended Argentine interests at all times during her campaign. That very campaign would conclude shortly thereafter after the news of Guterres’s selection arrived in Buenos Aires from New York.
The two Heads of State also signed several accords at the Olivos presidential residence, along with their Foreign Ministers Susana Malcorra and José Serra (Brazil). Agreements to provide incentives for small businesses, to improve border controls and infrastructure were also signed.
The statement was roundly criticized and also walked back almost completely by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in the following hours and later by other government representatives, with Malcorra conceding that there was “still a long way to go” before any such negotiations were held.
The Brazilian leader is scheduled to arrive today at 10am in the Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires City aboard the Brazilian presidency’s Airbus A-319 plane, accompanied by Foreign Minister José Serra, and the ministers of Development, Industry, Commerce, Defence and other government officials. Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra will receive them at the airport, and the group will then travel for lunch in Olivos to discuss various bilateral issues.