Issue 163 - October 25 2011 - Reaction to Azerbaijan's Election to the Security Council
Azerbaijan’s election to the Security Council has elicited negative remarks from member states, as many feel that Azerbaijan’s position on the Security Council is an example of the United Nation’s procedural stagnation. Azerbaijan was declared victorious after Slovenia withdrew its bid for election; until then, the two states had been caught in a deadlock voting procedure, reaching its seventeenth round until Slovenia’s withdrawal. Azerbaijan eventually won the uncontested election with 116 votes for and 77 against.
The Armenian Mission to the United Nations has been especially critical. As many member states view the Azerbaijan regime as corrupt and defunct, many feel that Azerbaijan’s election is giving a largely corrupt regime international power it does not deserve.