Diplomat: Azerbaijan has clear agenda and proposals for non-permanent membership in UNSC
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 13 / Trend A.Agayeva /
Azerbaijan's Ambassador to the UN Agshin Mehdiyev said Azerbaijan has a clear vision of issues, a certain agenda, and proposals for the period of a non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council (UNSC), which the country will present for discussion.
The UNSC is the highest UN body. UNSC membership is regarded as an honor and a prestigious accomplishment for any country, he told Trend.
The UNSC members participate in addressing almost all exigent issues concerning the international community, in particular the world's current hot spots such as Libya and other countries.
Azerbaijan announced its candidacy for a non-permanent membership of the UNSC for 2012. Elections will be held in the fall.
"I do not want to run ahead and say now what Azerbaijan will do and not do if it becomes a non-permanent member of the UNSC. I can only say that Azerbaijan has a clear vision and agenda of issues if it becomes a UNSC member. I think there are many questions that we would try to bring to the discussion of this structure", Mehdiyev stated.
He said now activities of the Azerbaijani Permanent Mission in the UN are concentrated mainly in this direction.
"The situation is not simple. As you know, in addition to Azerbaijan, another two countries - Hungary and Slovenia - claimed the same space from the Eastern European group. Competition is strong enough, but nevertheless we fight and we will do our utmost to become a member of the Security Council", he added.
In general, he said, unlike other international organizations the UN is constantly active. Work there is not episodic, but permanent, stable, and rich enough in character.
Azerbaijan works closely with various UN agencies in various fields. "We have a wide range of relations with the United Nations and are carrying out a variety of programs which will continue in the future", Mehdiyev said.