Islamabad, December 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): In a meeting with the UN Secretary General, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Masood Khan apprised Mr. Ban Ki-moon, of the agenda items to be considered during Pakistan’s Presidency for the UN Security Council. Pakistan is assuming the office of the UN Security Council Presidency from January 1, 2013, says a press release received here today from New York.
The Ambassador informed the Secretary General that Pakistan had planned to hold two open debates on “Counter-terrorism – a comprehensive approach – and on UN- peacekeeping: a multi-dimensional approach”. He further said that the foreign minister of Pakistan would preside over the first event, which was scheduled on January 15.
Both counter-terrorism and peacekeeping, he said were among UN’s top priorities, and were foremost in the work of the Security Council, and Secretary General’s participation and briefing would bring more value to these debates.
A photographic exhibition on “Peacekeeping – Pakistan for Peace” is also planned on January 21, he informed the Secretary General.
Pak envoy further said that these debates would provide good opportunity to discuss how best the coveted comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism be pursued. Similarly, Mr. Khan said, discussion on the multi-dimensional aspects of peacekeeping would also reinforce and bring out the inter-linkage between peacekeeping and peace-building, as this he added was very important in pursuing durable international peace and stability.
In addition to this, the Ambassador said that an open debate on the Middle East was also planned on January 23.
The Secretary-General appreciated the agenda and hoped that this would go a long way and would help in improving the international peace and security.
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