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Presidential Administration: Azerbaijan’s election to UNSC is great victory of our diplomacy

Commentary Materials 25 October 2011 13:35
Baku considers Azerbaijan’s election to the UN Security Council as a victory of the country’s diplomacy.
Presidential Administration: Azerbaijan’s election to UNSC is great victory of our diplomacy

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 25 / Trend T.Hajiyev /

Baku considers Azerbaijan's election to the UN Security Council as a victory of the country's diplomacy.

"Azerbaijan's election to the UN Security Council is a great victory of the country's diplomacy," Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Political Analysis and Information Provision Department head Elnur Aslanov told journalists on Tuesday.

He stressed that this victory is a result of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's policy, work of Azerbaijani diplomacy, as well as Azerbaijan's policy in the regional and international arena.

"Azerbaijan is a leader country which has gained authority on global level," Aslanov said.

"Azerbaijan's participation in such an authoritative international organization as the UN Security Council will become another tribune to bring the country's fair position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the world community."

Azerbaijan became a non-permanent UNSC member for the first time.

Before the last round of voting, Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar announced the withdrawal of his country's candidature as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. In a voting round prior to this statement, Azerbaijan gained 116 votes, and Slovenia only 77.

In the last round 155 countries voted for Azerbaijan, 24 countries abstained and another 13 still voted for Slovenia.

In general, Azerbaijan gained more votes than Slovenia in previous six voting rounds, but was unable to collect 129 votes necessary for the election.

The UN headquarters in New York continued the elections of non-permanent Security Council members for 2012-2013 on Monday.

Azerbaijan nominated its candidacy for a non-permanent UNSC member from the Eastern European group.

Based on 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 achieving other objectives.

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