Trend, Azerbaijan
Jan 4 2012

Permanent representative to UN: Azerbaijan has its position on many
issues of UNSC agenda
4 January 2012, 12:04 (GMT+04:00) Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.4 / Trend /

The UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold the first working session in
2012 on Wednesday. Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo,
which were elected to the organization for 2012-2013 during the
elections held at the General Assembly in October 2011, assumed their
authorities as the UNSC non-permanent members on Jan.1. They replaced
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria at the UNSC
Council, whose two-year term expired on Dec.31, 2011.

Azerbaijan's Permanent Representative to the UN Agshin Mehdiyev told
ITAR-TASS that at the Security Council his country "plans to be
actively involved in all processes taking place there, in developing
and making decisions, in committees and working groups".

With regard to the developments in Syria, Mehdiyev said that Baku "has
fairly clear view" of the work in this area. "First, we support the
Arab League's actions in this direction," he said, stressing the need
that "any decision that would be taken on this issue" should not
result in "further escalation of violence". Mehdiyev said Azerbaijan
"fully shares the view that both sides should refrain from any action
that can lead to further escalation of tension". "At the same time, we
believe that at present one should not talk about some kind of
external interference in Syrian affairs," he added. "It is necessary
to enable people to sort out their issues themselves, while avoiding
any escalation of tension".

Commenting on the possible submission of a draft resolution with the
General Assembly's recommendation to the UN Security Council to admit
Palestine to the UN, Mehdiyev stressed that "Azerbaijan recognized
Palestinian state long ago, and Palestinian Embassy functions in
Baku". "I think we will rely on it," he said.

Stressing that Azerbaijan is a member of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation and Non-Aligned Movement, Mehdiyev also drew attention to
the fact that his country has "its position on many issues of the UNSC
agenda". "If our position coincides with the positions of other
countries at some point, then it is great. If not, then we have our
principles and we are not going to disavow them," he said.

Mehdiyev said Baku insisted and will insist on the necessity to
fulfill the Security Council resolutions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani
conflict. He expressed the hope that "Azerbaijan's increased authority
in the international arena and its membership to the Security Council
can play a positive role in resolving the conflict".
Mehdiyev pointed to his country's very close relations with Russia at
the UN "at all levels".

"There are too little issues where our positions do not fully
coincide," Mehdiyev said.

"We will continue to work closely with Russia within the Security
Council and beyond it," Mehdiyev added.