Iran not currently on UNSC’s agenda: President


UNITED NATIONS, Jan 3 (APP): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is not currently planning to hold an emergency meeting on Iran, the president of the 15-member body said Tuesday, after the US ambassador to the UN vowed to a call for an urgent session of the council on the situation in the Islamic Republic.
“Iran is not on the agenda of the Security Council, but if any member wants to raise this issue and discuss it, of course, we will be ready to work on this. So, it depends on how the Security Council agrees on that,” Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the UN who is the President of the council for the month of January, told a press conference in New York City on Tuesday.
He, however, noted that the topic was under discussion, adding, “I don’t know about the particular schedule. I don’t know how, when.”
The remarks came after Nikki Haley, the US ambassador, said Washington would be seeking emergency sessions of the UNSC and the UN Commission on Human Rights in the coming days.
“The people of Iran are crying out for freedom,”she claimed. “The UN must speak out.”
There has been sporadic violence in some Iranian towns and cities since Thursday, when peaceful protests over economic problems turned into attacks on public property, police stations and mosques.
Ambassador Umarov, who held the press conference to present the Council’s work programme for January, noted that Kazakhstan was the first Central Asian country to be elected to preside over the 15-member body, and expressed his aim of showing objectivity and transparency as its members worked together.
The Security Council would hold a high-level thematic briefing on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction on January 18. Heads of state and ministers were expected to attend and would hear an address by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The briefing would consider key issues through the prism of strengthening confidence-building measures, he said, stressing that more attention should be paid to building trust among political leaders and countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan would preside over a ministerial level debate on January 19 on building a regional partnership in Central Asia, and the Secretary-General had agreed to brief the attendees on that matter, he said. Afghanistan should be looked at from a security and development perspective, as those issues went hand-in-hand in the creation of a sustainable peace in that country.
The situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, would be addressed in an open debate on January 25, he said. The peace process in Colombia would be discussed as part of the programme of work, as would Syria, as well as the seven peacekeeping operations in Africa.
Responding to a question on whether the Council’s discussion on non-proliferation would focus on North Korea, he said that the briefing would be of a general nature rather than examining that particular example. However, it would probably be one of the subjects up for discussion, as other countries were willing to obtain nuclear capability because of the very tense international situation.