Athens all set for UN challenge

Holding the presidency of the UN Security Council for this month is an «opportunity and a challenge» for Greece as it attempts to lead the world organization in tackling poverty in Africa and improving its response to humanitarian crises, Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis told Sunday’s Kathimerini. «Our presence and active participation in the efforts to handle and settle regional crises is an opportunity and a challenge for Greece,» said Molyviatis. «It gives us the chance to contribute to the formation and execution of important decisions for international peace and security.» Greece, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council since January 1, took up the month-long presidency on Friday. Coming in the wake of the Live 8 music concerts held on Saturday around the world to highlight the issue of poverty in Africa, Molyviatis said that tackling the «adverse situation» faced by Africans was one of the Council’s main aims. He said that he would also preside over a special meeting of the Council next Tuesday when its role in humanitarian crises will be addressed.

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