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Argentine president to chair UN Security Council

August 2, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez will be chairing a high-level Security Council meeting Tuesday on relations between the council and regional organizations that have been playing a greater role in trying to prevent conflict and restore peace.

It will mark the first time Latin American organizations will be able to share their views on the issue with the U.N.’s most powerful body, Argentina’s U.N. Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval said at a news conference Friday.

Representatives of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the African Union and the Arab League have been invited to brief the council, along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Perceval said. Representatives of the Organization of American States, the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will also participate.

Tuesday’s open meeting is the centerpiece of Argentina’s month-long presidency of the Security Council. Perceval said the foreign ministers of Cuba, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Guatemala, Venezuela and Uruguay will attend. Cuba’s foreign minister will represent CELAC.

The La Nacion newspaper reported Friday in Buenos Aires that Fernandez plans to criticize U.S. government espionage efforts and the treatment of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden as matters of international security that affect citizens worldwide.

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