Azerbaijan has been elected as non-permanent member of UNSC

25-10-2011 | 22:51        


The UN headquarters in New York continued the elections of non-permanent Security Council members for 2012-2013 on Monday. Azerbaijan has been elected as non-permanent member of UNSC after its lead competitor Slovenia dropped out.

Azerbaijan and Slovenia went into a second day of balloting Monday after each failed to get the two-thirds majority needed from the General Assembly for the sole eastern European seat on the U.N.’s most powerful body. In the last round 155 countries voted for Azerbaijan. The lead competitor Slovenia withdrew its candidacy after these indicators were announced. Following the balloting the meeting chairman declared Azerbaijan’s admission as a non-permanent UNSC member…… Now Azerbaijan has been elected a new non-permanent UNSC for 2012-2013. It should be noted that 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. According to regulations, the election of non-permanent members is performed by secret ballot. The division among the ten non-permanent members is as follows: Africa – three members, Western Europe and Others – two members, Latin America and Caribbean – two members, Asia – two members, and Eastern Europe – one member. In a voting round prior to the final statement, Azerbaijan gained 116 votes, and Slovenia only 77. In the last round 155 countries voted for Azerbaijan, 24 countries abstained. Immediately after the voting in an interview Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov congratulated the people of Azerbaijan. "We express our gratitude to all the UN member-states who supported Azerbaijan. Of course, we were waiting for the success after passing through 17 stages of the voting procedure. On Friday it was clear that the majority of the UN General Assembly member states support the candidacy of Azerbaijan," the minister said. After election to this organization Azerbaijan will deliver existing realities and problems of the world policy, as well as many issues on advantages and shortcomings to the notice of permanent member of the UNSC. Azerbaijan is a strategic partner with leading world countries, in particular with the USA. The relations between our countries are developing successfully. President Ilham Aliyev’s making visits to five permanent UN Security Council member countries also testify to Azerbaijan’s top position in world arena.Azerbaijan pursues a very successful foreign policy both at bilateral level and at international organizations. These achievements are result of the policy once founded by national Leader Heydar Aliyev and successfully continued today by President Ilham Aliyev. Election a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council speaks for Azerbaijan growing prestige.