Gabon assumes rotating presidency of UN Security Council

09:16, March 02, 2010      

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Gabon on Monday assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March.

Gabon's UN Ambassador Issoze-Ngondet takes over from France, which held the rotating Council presidency for February and was represented by the French ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud.

The Security Council presidency rotates among the Council members in the English alphabetical order of their names. Each president holds office for one calendar month.

Gabon, an African country, was elected by the UN General Assembly later last year for a two-year term on the 15-nation Council, along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Lebanon and Nigeria, which began their term as non-permanent members of the Council as of Jan. 1, 2010.

The five countries joined Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda, whose terms on the Council end on Dec. 31, 2010.

The 10 non-permanent members work with the Council's five permanent members -- China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States -- to maintain peace and security in the world at large.

Source: Xinhua
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