UN Security Council: No plan to discuss Egypt for now
The UN Security Council has so far not been asked to debate the evolving situation in Egypt, Brazilian Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribiero Viotti said Wednesday.
Viotti, who took over the rotating 15-nation council's presidency this month, said Egypt was not on the monthly agenda of debate that she made public, dpa reported.
"The current view is that the current situation is dealt with on a national level, and the council is an institution of last resort," she said.
In practice, the council would schedule a meeting or take up an issue for discussion only if there is a request from governments. Viotti said no government has made such a move. The council has authority over issues of world peace and security, but usually does not spring into action unless requested by its own members.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have demonstrated against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who said Tuesday he would not seek another term after 30 years as president.