Azerbaijan took up its duties at the UN Security Council
Since January 1, Azerbaijan took up its duties as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council. As reported by "Georgia News", Azerbaijan was elected as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council for the next 2 years.
Azerbaijan has replaced nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council Bosnia and Herzegovina, membership of which expired this year.
October 24, 2011, it was reported that Azerbaijan became the first nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council. Before the last round of voting Slovenia had decided to withdraw its candidacy for the nonpermanent membership in the UN Security Council. During the previous round of voting Azerbaijan gained 116 votes.
In final vote 155 countries were for Azerbaijan, 24 countries abstained and another 13 voted for Slovenia.
In general, in all the previous six rounds of voting Azerbaijan gained more votes than Slovenia, but was unable to collect the necessary 129 votes for the election.
The voting procedure for new nonpermanent Security Council members was held in New York, at the UN Headquarters. They considered the candidates for membership for the years 2012-2013 from the countries of East-European group.