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Portugal's Guterres, likely UN chief, wants to build bridges

  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres arrives for a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on a three-day official visit. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2016, members of the Security Council unanimously agreed that Guterres should be the next U.N. secretary-general. A UNSC vote is expected Thursday; the candidacy then goes to the General Assembly for final approval. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres arrives for a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on a three-day official visit. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2016, members of the Security Council unanimously agreed that Guterres should be the next U.N. secretary-general. A UNSC vote is expected Thursday; the candidacy then goes to the General Assembly for final approval. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • This video frame grab shows Russia's United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, center, as he makes an announcement that the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, that Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. (United Nations Video via AP)

    This video frame grab shows Russia's United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, center, as he makes an announcement that the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, that Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. (United Nations Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 10, 2011 file photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is surrounded by Somali refugees as he speaks to the media in an area where recent arrivals from Somalia have settled, on the outskirts of Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya. The U.N. Security Council will meet on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, to formally approve Guterres as the next U.N. secretary-general and recommend his candidacy to the 193-member General Assembly, which must give final approval. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    FILE - In this July 10, 2011 file photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is surrounded by Somali refugees as he speaks to the media in an area where recent arrivals from Somalia have settled, on the outskirts of Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya. The U.N. Security Council will meet on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, to formally approve Guterres as the next U.N. secretary-general and recommend his candidacy to the 193-member General Assembly, which must give final approval. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres, who is virtually certain to be the next U.N. secretary-general, says he wants to be "an honest broker, a bridge-builder and someone that tries to create conditions for consensus."

The veteran politician and diplomat, who won unanimous backing from the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, said in an interview with The Associated Press and two other news organizations during his campaign that if he got the job his aim would be to work with all countries to help solve the myriad problems on the global agenda.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the current council president, expressed hope that members will vote Thursday morning "by acclamation" to recommend Guterres' candidacy to the 193-member General Assembly, which must approve the new secretary-general.