Washington:Indian ambassador to the United Nations Hardeep Singh Puri has been elected chairman of the all important security council committee on counter-terrorism and two other key committees of the 15-member body.
A formal announcement in this regard will be made on Wednesday after the conclusion of silent procedure during which there was no challenge to India being elected as chair of these three important UNSC committees a sources said .
Elected for a two-year term, Puri would chair the UN SC counter-terrorism committee.
The 59 year old diplomat replaces Ertugrul Apakan, ambassador and permanent representative of Turkey, whose term expired on December 31, 2010.
India, which joins the Security Council after a gap of 19 years, has said counter-terrorism would be its top priority during its two-year term.
“You can expect India to play a very active role in that. This committee deals with issues like building capacities, normative rules dealing with counter-terrorism and dealing with India that is a major area of interest,” Puri had said earlier.
The committee on counter-terrorism was established in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks in the United States.
Informal discussions of the Security Council were held on Tuesday to discuss and finalize the agenda and programme of the 15-member body for January.
The first formal meeting of the UN Security Council is scheduled to be held on Wednesday.