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UN, December 1 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia will chair in December the UN Security Council.
Russia’s permanent representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin will supersede Jose Cabrala.
The new chairman will have bilateral meetings with his colleagues at the Security Council to work out a plan for the month. Later on the plan should be approved officially by members of the UN Security Council, and then, on Friday, December 2, Churkin will have a briefing for reports accredited at the UN to announce plans for December.
However, even now already it is possible to say that the Security Council will focus on the situation in the Middle East. The Council will continue consultation on Palestine’s membership in the UN. The organisation is still considering Palestine’s application of September 23. The Security Council’s committee on new members has not made any recommendations on the issue. The committee’s report of November 11 only presents different views from permanent representatives and experts.
Moscow “has always followed the approach, where it is a decision to be taken by the Palestinian side,” Churkin said. “If the Palestinian side states it would like this issue to be voted at the UN SC, Palestinians deserve that the UN SC accepted their application and organised voting. This would be correct and honest, no matter what the voting will bring. As for Russia, it will follow desire on the issue of the Palestinian delegation.”
The UN Security Council unites 15 members, where five are permanent – the United Kingdom, the USA, China, Russia and France.