The council will look at three aspects of the Syrian issue, namely, the political process, chemical weapons and humanitarian access, a news agency cited Liu Jieyi as saying at a press conference as he took over the rotating presidency of the Security Council for April on Friday.

With regard to Yemen, there are talks going on between relevant countries. The council's discussions help move these talks forward and improve conditions for the implementation of the ceasefire that has been agreed upon, he said.

April will also see three open debates on the Middle East, counter-terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Liu said. Sponsored by China, the open debate on counter-terrorism is aimed at enhancing international cooperation and coordination in the fight against the surging terrorist activities in Europe and Asia, Liu added.

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