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Posted on on April 3rd, 2008
by Pincas Jawetz (

South Africa has taken over the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of April during which African issues will dominate the council’s agenda.

The centrepiece of South Africa’s leadership of the 15-member council will come on April 17, 2008, when several heads of state, including President Thabo Mbeki, will attend a special council meeting in New York.

The gathering is intended to improve ties between the UN and the African Union, particularly in the management of peacekeeping operations on the continent, said Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa’s envoy to the UN.

So far Prime Minister Romano Prodi of Italy, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, Panama’s vice-president, a presidential envoy from China and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Belgium will join Mbeki, who will sit in the president’s chair.

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