After five days of assault by better-armed Al Shabab militiamen, pro-government fighters have apparently begun to retreat.
It chaired a special meeting Monday of the Security Council that endorsed the idea of holding a Middle East peace conference in Moscow this year.
Some 501,000 Pakistanis have fled the fighting in Swat and nearby areas as the Army dropped commandos in by helicopter.
Bush had shunned it as an ineffective dictators' club. Obama's team pledges to work from within to 'improve' it.
Their fear of the Islamic militants may not translate into support for the government, whose attacks in Swat forced them to flee.
Nine more persistent chemicals banned worldwide.
Islamist militias' clashes with Somalia's government has forced more than 25,000 to flee.