Azerbaijani FM hopes for success in elections of non-permanent members to UN Security Council

Azerbaijani FM hopes for success in elections of non-permanent members to UN Security Council

Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 Oct. / Trend S. Agayeva /

Azerbaijan gained 113 votes in the elections of the non-permanent members to the UN Security Council. This testifies to the fact that Azerbaijan is supported by many world countries. We appreciate this confidence, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev told Trend on Saturday.

We hope that more countries will support Azerbaijan's candidacy on Oct. 24 and we will successfully complete these elections, Abdullayev said.

"As you know, Azerbaijan has always aspired to be an active member of such an important organization like the UN and to contribute to its development," he said.

The elections of the non-permanent members to the UN Security Council were held in New York on Oct. 21.

Several rounds of voting in the UN headquarters for the election as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2012-2013 from Eastern European countries ended without result. None of the countries could overcome the barrier in two-thirds vote which is necessary by the UN Charter.

Azerbaijan did not get just 14 votes to win elections.

So it was decided to postpone a voting on Monday, October 24.

As a result of other ballots Pakistan, Morocco, Guatemala and Togo become new non-permanent UNSC members.

The Council is composed of five permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States - and ten non-permanent members. Ten non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms and not eligible for immediate re-election. Contrast to the "Big Five", they do not have veto power.

The so-called regional groups nominate the country's candidacy for the elections. So, five candidates - Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo were nominated from Africa and Asia Pacific region. They struggle for the three places to be vacated from Dec. 31, 2011 - Gabon Lebanon and Nigeria.

From Eastern European States, Azerbaijan, Hungary and Slovenia claim for places that Bosnia and Herzegovina will vacate in late 2011.

Only one candidate-Guatemala was nominated to a place to be vacated by Brazil.
According to regulations, the election of non-permanent members is performed by secret
ballot.

All of the nine candidate countries, except Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and
Guatemala, previously were elected non-permanent members of the UNSC.

Based on the Article 23 of the UN Charter, the General Assembly elects ten non-permanent Security Council members, paying attention in the first instance to the country's participation in the maintenance of international peace and security and achieve other objectives.

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