Azerbaijan takes the helm at the UN Security Council

Press Release: On 1 October, Azerbaijan is set to assume the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the second time. The country was elected as a non-permanent member for a two-year term in October 2011, and previously held the month-long Presidency in May 2012. The Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN is Agshin Mehdiyev.

In a recent statement to The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), Lord Flight commented that the move would serve to boost Azerbaijan’s standing on the world stage, and that able handling of the Presidency would enhance its reputation.

The UN Security Council Presidency will also provide Azerbaijan with an opportunity to remind other members that the four UN Security Council resolutions (Nos. 822, 853, 874 and 884) demanding Armenian withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding regions – passed 20 years ago – remain outstanding. Lord Flight said: “It is clearly more than time for the UN Security Council resolutions reaffirming Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and requiring Armenian withdrawal to be implemented.”

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