U.N. chief says welcomes criticism after Norway memo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway. Location: United Nations, New York January 7, 2009. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday he welcomed criticism, responding to a scathing internal memo by a Norwegian diplomat that was leaked to a newspaper last week.

Ban told reporters he had been telephoned on Tuesday by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who expressed regrets over the leak of the report written by Mona Juul, Norway’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations.

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