Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Mauritania have formally nominated candidates. Mr Mandela told a Cape Town news conference that the French President, Jacques Chirac, had threatened to veto Tanzania's Salim Ahmed Salim, secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity. Reuter - Abidjan
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The campaign to provide the next Secretary-General of the United Nations intensified yesterday with some African presidents jostling to promote their favoured candidates and Nelson Mandela accusing France of planning to veto South Africa's choice.