On March 1, 2013 Russia assumed the rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council. In compliance with Russian principal approaches aimed at guaranteeing equality, mutual respect and non-interference into domestic affairs of states in our work we will proceed first of all from the necessity to settle conflicts exclusively by peaceful means, to promote collective cooperation on the basis of strict observance of statutory prerogatives of the UN Security Council and strengthening legal fundament of international relations.
In March the SC will work intensively taking into account wide agenda and quantity of documents to be adopted.
The main theme of Russian presidency will be Afghan reconciliation. This country enters crucial stage of its development that requires new efforts of Afghan people and consolidating assistance from the whole international community with implicit coordinative role of the UN.
On March 19 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will chair public meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. Foreign Ministers of the UN Security Council members and of Afghanistan have been invited to this meeting. We expect that the UN Secretary General, Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, important partners and donors, active participants of international efforts to stabilize the situation in this country will contribute to the discussion. The UN Security Council resolution on prolongation of UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) mandate will be adopted.
Russian presidency will focus on problems of Middle East and further efforts of the Quartet to accomplish all-encompassing regional reconciliation.
Debates on the problem of Kosovo settlement will take place.
UN Security Council members will monitor implementation of the Resolution 1701 for Lebanon, dynamics of progress in Golan Heights in context of activity of deployed in the region UN troops for overseeing disengagement, the situation in Iraq and in Yemen.
The situation in Libya and Libyan sanction regime will be also discussed. The UN Mission mandate is supposed to prolong to help this country.
The UN SC work on reconciliation Sudan and Southern Sudan will be continued. The Security Council will consider the situation in Southern Sudan and the activity if the deployed there UN peacekeeping mission.
The mandate of the Joint division of the UN for peace-building in Sierra Leone is to be prolonged, progress in liquidation of consequences of conflict and strengthening of stability in Liberia and implementation of the UN SC decisions for Guinea-Bissau will be discussed.
Issues of the activity of the UN SC Commissions for Iran sanctions, for Somalia and Eritrea will be touched upon.
In conclusion of Russian presidency the UN CS members will discuss on the basis the UN Secretary General report the alternatives of further promotion of crisis settlement in Mali.
Russia will apply any efforts to guarantee coordinated and effective work of the main UN body on the basis of constructive cooperation of all UN SC members.