Egypt chairs UNSC in May
Thursday، 05 May 2016 - 03:26 PM
The Arab Republic of Egypt chairs UN Security Council as of Sunday, May 1, and for a month.
The presidency of the Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month, following the English alphabetical order of the Member States names.
Egypt will seek to secure the interests and issues of the African and developing countries and highlight many challenges facing international peace and security at the current stage.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is scheduled to pay a three-day visit to New York from May 9 to 11 to chair a UNSC ministerial session on the issue of counter-terrorism.
Shoukry will also take part in various activities during the visit, including high-level meetings to discuss ways to strengthen the role of the United Nations structures in the field of peace and security, along with challenges facing the next secretary-general of the United Nations.
Egypt is also planning a visiting Council mission to Somalia with other possible stops in Africa. Somalia will be a feature of the Council's work this month with a briefing on UNSOM activities and the renewal of the AU peacekeeping operation AMISOM.
Other African issues the Council will consider are Liberia, Libya, Sudan and South Sudan.
Council members will continue to monitor closely developments on the Syria political and humanitarian tracks and the Yemen peace talks. In addition, the Council may reach an agreement on a draft resolution circulated by China and Russia in mid-April addressing the use of chemical weapons by non-state actors, focused on Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Other Middle East issues that will be considered this month are Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon.