Turkey to Assume UN Security Council Presidency in June
ANKARA (PanArmenian.net)—Turkey is set to take over the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council in June 2010, the country’s permanent representative to the UN, Baki Ilkin, said Thursday.
According to the Journal of Turkish Weekly, Ilkin will preside over all low-level Security Council meetings while Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will chair high-level sessions.
Turkey became a non-permanent member of the 20-member Security Council in 2009 and its term expires this year.
The Security Council President is responsible for setting the agenda of meetings, presiding over meetings and overseeing any crisis. The President is also authorized to issue both presidential statements and notes, which are used to make declarations of intent that the full Security Council can then pursue. The Presidency rotates monthly in alphabetical order of the Security Council member nations’ names in English.