Colombia takes over UN Security Council presidency for April

08:44, April 02, 2011      

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Colombia on Friday took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for April.

Nestor Osorio, Colombian UN ambassador, took over the rotating Council presidency from Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, who held the Council presidency for March.

Osorio is expected to brief reporters Monday on the Security Council's program of work for this month.

This is the first time that Colombia has held the Security Council presidency in the course of its current two-year term on the 15-nation Council. Colombia was elected by the UN General Assembly to sit on the Council from 2011 to 2013.

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.

Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

The Security Council has five permanent members -- China, France, the Russian Federation, the United States and the United Kingdom -- and 10 non-permanent members.

Colombia is one of the non-permanent members of the Security Council.

In March, the Security Council has adopted significant resolutions on the situations in Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

Source: Xinhua
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