Candidate for next UN chief asks to meet Security Council

Croatia's former foreign minister, who is campaigning to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations says she has asked to meet members of the U.N. Security Council who will make the final decision.

Vesna Pusic says she requested the meeting to hear the "concerns and questions" of council members and have its 15 members evaluate her candidacy.

She spoke late Wednesday by phone from Jordan where she was attending an international conference of women lawmakers.

A council diplomat says another candidate, former Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman, also asked to meet the council. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because the council has not yet announced the requests.

There are nine candidates so far to replace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon whose second five-year term ends on Dec. 31.