BAKU, October 25 (Itar-Tass) —— Azerbaijan’s winning of a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council is “a big achievement,” Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said in statement circulated here on Tuesday.
“This is a victory of the Azerbaijani nation. This is a victory of the Azerbaijani state, a triumph of our policy,” the president said. He noted that this country had scored 155 votes from United Nations Member States in the General Assembly – well clear of the necessary two-thirds majority of States present and voting. He expressed gratitude to these countries, “which put trust in us and showed great respect.”
“As a member of this organization Azerbaijan will serve the ideals it had always been advocating, peace, security, democracy, and justice,” President Aliyev vowed. He pointed to the symbolic fact that Azerbaijan’s winning the vacancy on the United Nations Security Council has coincided with the 20th anniversary of its independence. “It proves that over these twenty years Azerbaijan has showed itself as an independent state, which has been recognized worldwide,” the Azerbaijani leader stressed.
He noted the fact that the number of Azerbaijan’s friends in the world is constantly growing. “Today we have many friends and the United Nations voting is a vivid example of that. As many as 155 countries believe in Azerbaijan, trust Azerbaijan, feel sympathy to it, and support it,” he said. And Azerbaijan has proved to be a “reliable partners and a friendly country,” he stressed.