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UN Security Council to hold open debate on strengthening ties between UN, regional bodies

01-05-2012 08:27 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council will hold an open debate later in January on strengthening strategic cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, Baso Sangou, the South African permanent representative to the United Nations and the council president for January, said on Wednesday.

"We must continue, even when we face setbacks sometimes .. forging strong relationships so that we could encourage common vision, common objectives and common frameworks in dealing with the conflicts on the (African) continent," he said at a press conference here.

Sangou took over the rotating Council presidency from Vitaly Churkin, the Russian UN ambassador who held the presidency for December 2011.

He told reporters in a briefing that his country's President Jacob Zuma will chair the meeting on strengthening cooperation, which is slated for Jan. 12.

Some of the issues expected to come up during the debate include cooperation between the UN and the African Union (AU) in Somalia, as well as the work of a joint team examining the impact of last year's conflict in Libya for countries in the Sahel region of West Africa.

"You will have noted that the secretary-general has issued his report on this (and) we are expecting that the African Union itself will be releasing its own reflections as to where this cooperation should be going," Sangou said.

He added that "we are aiming to pass a resolution on this and we have put a draft (resolution) and I think it is well received by the membership of the Council."

The Council is also scheduled to receive briefings or hold debates on a range of other subjects in January, including justice and the rule of law, the Middle East, Libya, the Darfur region of Sudan and Cote d'Ivoire.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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