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Azerbaijan calls on Islamic countries to demand provision of their right to be represented in UN Security Council


September 26, 2011

Baku, Fineko/ Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made speech at the Annual Coordination Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation of the 66th UN General Assembly Session.

In his speech Mammadayrov emphasized that Azerbaijan encourages all Member States to maintain their efforts to achieve settlement of the conflicts in the Islamic world based on the norms and principles of international law.

“We remain concerned over the situation in Palestine. Azerbaijan reiterates its strong support to brotherly people of Palestine and their efforts to achieve peace, stability, and establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital and fully support Palestine aspiration to be a full-fledged member of the United Nations. We highly value the work of the OIC Secretary General and his staff to consolidate our Organization in providing much needed assistance to population in Palestine,” the minister emphasized in his speech.

He also stressed the necessity to realize the full potential of the OIC and the Muslim states to provide so badly needed aid and assistance to prevent humanitarian disaster in Somali. According to latest UN report some 12 million people still remain in crisis, with 750000 people in dire risk of death.

The minister informed that the UN Security Council reform presents significant concern to all Member States. The OIC has a legitimate demand for being represented in the Security Council to defend and promote the interests of Muslim countries.

“We support comprehensive reform of the Security Council to make it more representative, democratic, effective, transparent and accountable to the UN Members. In this regards, I am pleased to inform the distinguished colleagues that Azerbaijan has put forward its candidacy for a non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, for the term of 2012-2013, at the elections to be held in 2011 at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly,” he underlined.

In completion he expressed Azerbaijan’s sincere gratitude to the Islamic Ummah and the OIC Secretary General for their support to the just cause of Azerbaijan in the ongoing armed conflict with Armenia and informed that Azerbaijan is devoted to the position of conflict settlement in compliance with international legal principles and norms in a peaceful way.

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