United Nations: Pakistan will hold an open debate on counter-terrorism during its Presidency of the UN Security Council here next month, with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar leading the discussion on ways to pursue a comprehensive approach to deal with terrorism.
Pakistan`s Ambassador to the UN Masood Khan met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday and informed him of the Council`s tentative agenda during Pakistan`s presidency.
A non-permanent member of the Council, Pakistan joined the 15-nation UN body for a two year term in January this year and would assume the month-long rotating presidency from January 1, 2013.
Khan informed the Secretary General that Pakistan planned to hold open debates on `Counter-terrorism - a comprehensive approach` as well as on `UN- peacekeeping: a multi-dimensional approach`.
Khar would preside over the debate on counter-terrorism, scheduled for January 15.
In addition, an open debate on the situation in the Middle East is also planned for January 23.
India would cease to be a non-permanent member of the Security Council next year as its two-year term ends on December 31.
Khan said both counter-terrorism and peacekeeping are among UN`s top priorities and are foremost in the work of the Security Council, a statement issued by the Pakistani mission said.
He said the debates would provide an opportunity to discuss ways to pursue a comprehensive approach towards counter-terrorism while a discussion on the multi-dimensional aspects of peacekeeping would help reinforce the inter-linkages between peacekeeping and peace-building.
An exhibition on `Peacekeeping - Pakistan for Peace` is also planned for January 21.