Video>> UN Security council to focus on Mali
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council is to focus on the situation in Mali and world peace and security in October, Guatemalan UN Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, who holds the Security Council rotating presidency for this month, told reporters here Tuesday.
Human rights abuses, human trafficking, smuggling of arms and devastating levels of poverty in Mali has been "disturbing" in the last few weeks, said Rosenthal.
The first Malian consultation will convene Thursday as a preliminary review of how the Security Council would like to react to the challenges faced by Mali.
Guatemala, a non-permanent Council member, took over the rotating Council presidency from Germany, also a non-permanent member, from Oct. 1.
The Council is also expected to hold three open debates in October on world peace and security, centering around the Middle East, the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as women and peace.
The Council is also going to discuss the situation in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan this month.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters here Tuesday morning that the situation in Sudan and South Sudan have improved due to recent bilateral agreement on borders and oil following years of war.