Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will be chairing next Tuesday a meeting of the United Nations Security Council that will be addressing the relations of Latam and Caribbean regional and subregional organizations with UN in helping prevent conflicts and restore peace, was announced by the Argentine ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval.
Cristina Fernandez is scheduled to arrive to New York on Monday in anticipation of the Security Council debate that will include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, the head of the African Union Haile Mariam Dessalegne; Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil al Arabi plus Foreign ministers from Mercosur and representatives from Unasur, Celac and other regional groupings.
Argentina as a non permanent member of the Security Council will be holding during the month of August the rotating chair of the Council. In July the chair was held by the US and in September Argentina will pass it on to Australia.
This is the ninth time that Argentina is a non permanent member of the Security Council, the first time in 1948/49 and the last in 2005/06; in October 2012 together with Rwanda and Australia, Argentina was again overwhelmingly voted in the UN General Assembly for the 2013/14 period
“It will be the first time that Latinamerican organizations will share their opinions on peace and preventing conflicts at the most powerful body of the UN”, said Ambassador Perceval who also mentioned that Cuba will be representing the Community of Latinamerican and Caribbean States, CELAC.
According to media reports from Buenos Aires the Argentine president plans to criticize US global spying programs and the way that former member of the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden has been treated, as well as other international security problems that impact on the world.
It would not come as a surprise that Cristina Fernandez takes the opportunity to bash the UK over the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty dispute and ‘militarization of the South Atlantic’. With decisive mid-term elections next October in Argentina anything can be expected from Cristina Fernandez on an aggressive campaign in support of her candidates.
The Council is made up of fifteen members, five permanent, US, UK, France, China and Russia and another ten non permanent which rotate every two years. These posts are distriburted on geographic zones, in such a way that two seats belong to Latin America and the Caribbean, currently Guatemala and Argentina.
The other eight are Togo and Rwanda fro Africa; South Korea and Pakistan for Asia; Azerbaijan stands for Eastern Europe; Luxembourg and Australia for Western Europe and others and Morocco, Africa and Arab group.
According to Ban Ki-moon agenda for Monday 5 August, at 11:15 in the morning he will be receiving Mercosur Foreign ministers: Hector Timerman from Argentina; Antonio Patriota, Brazil; Luis Almagro, Uruguay and Venezuela’s Elías Jaua.
At 5:00 in the afternoon President Cristina Fernandez will be visiting the UN chief.