Following is a near verbatim transcript
of today's noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Good afternoon, and welcome back and
Happy New Year.
Tanzania has assumed the rotating Presidency
of the Security Council for the month of January, and Ambassador Augustine
Mahiga is holding bilateral talks with other Council members today about
their work over the coming month.
As the year begins, five new Council
members -- Ghana, Peru, Qatar, the Republic of Congo and Slovakia -- are