UN council holds makeshift meeting

UN Security Council holds makeshift meeting after storm, world body plans to reopen

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations Security Council held a makeshift meeting after superstorm Sandy forced the world body to remain mostly closed for a third day.

The council needed to meet Wednesday because the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Somalia was expiring. Meeting in a temporary chamber at its New York headquarters, the council voted to renew the force’s mandate for one week. The meeting was broadcast live on the U.N. website.

The U.N. Secretariat was re-opening Thursday, according to a statement sent to the media. The first 16 floors of the renovated Secretariat Building will be open, but higher floors would be closed. Staff that could travel to headquarters were asked to report back to work.

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