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Russian FM Lavrov to attend UN Human Rights Council session

RIA Novosti

08:00 28/02/2011 MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council during his February 28 – March 1 visit to Switzerland.

The Russian foreign minister has not taken part in Council sessions before. When delivering his speech on Monday, Lavrov will focus on the necessity to modernize the system of international relations on the basis of traditional values to achieve a stable and secure world order.

The situation in the Middle East, in North Korea, Myanmar and African countries will also be discussed. A total of 120 reports are expected to be presented, and some 30 resolutions adopted.

Besides, on the sidelines of the session, Lavrov could meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the Mideast political crisis and, particularly, the bloody protests raging across Libya.

Lavrov will address a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday. He will outline Russia's approaches to the key problems of disarmament, nonproliferation and arms control.

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