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Challenges ahead for Poland in UN Security Council role: FM

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Alicja Baczyńska 29.12.2017 09:00
Poland will face some major challenges in its upcoming role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said.
Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej ZborowskiPhoto: PAP/Bartłomiej Zborowski

Poland, which assumes the position on January 1, will hold the mandate for the sixth time.

“The last time we were members of the Security Council was 20 years ago,” Waszczykowski said, adding that “the international situation has changed drastically, and for the worse” since then.

Issues that Poland will have to tackle in the upcoming year include the development of territories reclaimed from the so-called Islamic State, Waszczykowski said.

Another area of work is a UN peace mission in Ukraine’s war-torn eastern region of Donbas, according to Waszczykowski.

“The current OSCE mission to Donbas has not been particularly successful; it is in fact riddled with numerous incidents, which prompts me to believe that the mission should be either reinforced or complemented by an additional UN mission,” he said.

Waszczykowski added that Poland would also concentrate on strengthening international law, conflict prevention and the development of regions at risk of conflict.


Source: IAR, PAP

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