(DIP) TWO MAJOR MEETINGS TO BE HELD UNDER TURKEY'S SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENCY, TURKISH REPRESENTATIVE TO UN.
Speaking to Turkish reporters at the UN HQ in New York, Turkey's permanent representative to the UN Ertugrul Apakan said Turkey had recently undertaken the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council and the council had convened this morning to officially adopt its monthly schedule.
Pointing out to two major issues to be on the council's agenda in September, Apakan said first Turkish President Abdullah Gul would chair a UN meeting on protection and establishment of peace on September 23.
Apakan said heads of government and state would attend this meeting and a presidential statement would be adopted at the end of the gathering.
Apakan noted that the second important meeting to be held in September would be a summit on the fight against terrorism which would be presided by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, adding a declaration would adopted at the end of this ministerial meeting as well.
Noting that Turkey was acting as the rotating president of the UN Security Council for the second time, Apakan said Turkey had previously undertaken a term presidency in June 2009.
Commenting on the council's program for September, Apakan said developments in the Middle East, recent reports of the Council's sanction committees on Iran and Sudan, reports of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), as well as developments in Congo and Somalia were among the topics that would be on the agenda of the council this month.
Upon a question on the UN report regarding the Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara aid ship, Apakan said the relevant UN investigation commission would present its interim report on the attack to the UN SG by mid-September.
"I would also like to confirm that Turkey's national research commission has also presented its interim report to the UN investigation commission," Apakan said, adding Turkey would continue to provide the commission with new reports.
Replying to a question on Turkey's holding the presidency of the Security Council, Apakan said Turkey would do its best and work effectively to contribute to the smooth functioning of the council's monthly program.
Turkey's rotating presidency will end on October 1, 2010.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
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|Publication:||Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)|
|Date:||Sep 3, 2010|
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