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U.S. Takes Over UN Security Council Presidency

4/5/2012 2:18 PM ET

The United States took over the monthly rotating United Nations Security Council Presidency from the UK Monday.

For the next month, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will chair each meeting of the group of 15 countries. On Monday, she highlighted the issues on the agenda.

The top agenda issues for the month will include nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, and security, trafficking of goods and people, Sudan and South Sudan, and women's issues.

But Syria was the first issue tackled this week during the U.S.'s tenure as council president, with Amb. Rice holding consultations with Joint Special Envoy and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

"What we have seen [done by the Syrian government] since April 1st is not encouraging," Rice said in her remarks to the press Monday.

"Should the Government of Syria use this window rather than to de-escalate to intensify the violence, it will be most unfortunate, and it will be certainly our view that the Security Council will need to respond to that failure in a very urgent and serious way."

Amb. Rice will chair two open debate sessions on April 23 and 25 and will round out the month with a U.S. sponsored Jazz Day event on April 30.

by RTT Staff Writer

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