AZERBAIJANI FOREIGN MINISTER ATTENDS OIC GROUP MEETING

Trend
June 1 2011
Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov attended a meeting of
the OIC Group at the level of permanent representatives of the member
states of the Organization of Islamic Conference to the United Nations,
held at the UN headquarters.

Mammadyarov informed the meeting participants that Azerbaijan's
candidacy has also been nominated to the elections of non-permanent
members of the UN Security Council for 2012-2013, scheduled for
October, stressing the tangible benefits in this regard, the Foreign
Ministry told Trend.

He urged the OIC member states to support our country's candidacy in
the elections scheduled for October.

At the meeting, Mammadyarov stressed that Azerbaijan pursues an
independent policy and is a leading state in the region, participates
in the development of regional cooperation in the Caspian and Caucasus
space, has a particularly important role in the implementation of
regional energy and transport projects, the country is the author
of several important initiatives within the UN and the OIC; is an
integral part of the Islamic world, is a bridge between Europe and
Asia from a geographical point of view, and contributes to the dialogue
among civilizations.

He also provided detailed information about the negotiation process
on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mammadyarov stressed with regret that so far Armenia has not fulfilled
four resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council in 1993 to liberate
the occupied Azerbaijani territories, and underscored that, according
to the UN Charter, such resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council
should be fulfilled by the Organization's member countries.

Later several representatives of the OIC member states addressed the
meeting, who appreciated Mammadyarov's participation at the meeting
and his address.

The 33rd meeting of the OIC Committee of Ministers was held in
Azerbaijan in 2006.