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Pakistan gets rotational UN Security Council presidency for January 2013

Islamabad, Jan 1 (ANI): Pakistan takes over the rotational office of the UN Security Council presidency for the month of January.

The 15-nation Council is the United Nations’ most powerful body, which deals issues of international peace and security.

According to the Express Tribune, an open debate is planned on January 21, 2013, on “UN Peacekeeping: a multidimensional approach”, which is aimed at reviewing the UN flagship activity to maintain international peace and security.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is expected to go to New York to preside over the session.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the Council on the peacekeeping operations.

A ministerial-level open debate is also planned on January 15, 2013, to deliberate on the comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism.

Pakistan hopes that it will provide an opportunity to have a holistic view of the continuing threats and challenges posed by international terrorism and the best ways of formulating and implementing coherent and comprehensive responses to this menace.

According to the paper, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan in his capacity as president of the UN Security Council will brief the media on the work programme on January 3. (ANI)