Ukraine starts presiding over UN Security Council

10:20, 01 February 2017
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On February 1, Ukraine launches its one-month presidency in the United Nations Security Council. Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko will be Chairman of the UN Security Council for the said term.

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In the near future, the Council’s work program for the coming period is to be approved.

Earlier, Yelchenko told reporters that the agenda included the issues of protection of critical infrastructure and conflict settlement in Europe. Representatives of EU, OSCE, IAEA and other international organizations are to attend the meetings.

According to the official, the first topic - the protection of critical infrastructure - will be considered on February 13.

The issue of conflict settlement in Europe is proposed to be considered  February 21.

"Oddly enough, the Security Council has not addressed this issue in general for some 20 years. Last time the format was about the same was during the wars in the Balkans, in the midst of the post-Yugoslav conflicts. This was mid-1990s," he said.

Read alsoUNSC concerned about Donbas, to meet on Feb 2 amid Ukraine's presidencyYelchenko added that in this debate, Ukraine is most interested in figuring out how the mechanisms for conflict settlement work or not work in Europe.

Yelchenko noted that EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the OSCE chief and Foreign Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier are invited to take part in the debate.

Read alsoUkraine at UNGA: Crimea occupation turns northeast part of Black Sea into "grey area"As UNIAN reported earlier, the UN Security Council on the initiative of the Ukrainian side had condemned the use of heavy weapons in Donbas and expressed support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

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