MFA: Over 2/3 of member states provided support for initiative of President Ilham Aliyev to hold UN GA special session
- 29 June 2020
“As you know, the statement has been made by Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan-Head of the Department of Foreign Policy Affairs of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev in regard to supporting by the world states of the initiative of President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev to hold a special session of UN General Assembly”, said Head of the Press Sevice Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Leyla Abdullayeva when answering the question of the mass media, the MFA told APA.
“As is known, the initiative to convene a special session of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the fight against COVID-19 was put forward by the head of our state during the online Summit Meeting of the Contact Group for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held on May 4, 2020. The initiative was discussed in the Coordination Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement in New-York, and the 120 member countries of the Movement unanimously supporting the initiative of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, stated their approval for presentation of the proposal to the UN Secretary-General. Thus, on May 13 of the current year, the President of Azerbaijan acting in the capacity of the chairman of the NAM appealed with a letter to the UN Secretary-General on behalf of the member countries of the Movement and solicited for the convening of a special session of the General Assembly.
The UN Secretary-General in his turn by distributing a circulatory note among the UN member states, in accordance with the procedural rules, requested each state to declare their support in the capacity of the national government for this initiative of the President of Azerbaijan within 30 days.
Within the aforementioned period, the Administration of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, our representation to the UN in New York, as well as our other diplomatic representations abroad conducted active work in the states of their accreditation for raising awareness about the initiative of the Azerbaijan President, and consequently, the support for the initiative of over 2/3 of the UN member states have been ensured.