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President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly gives a speech at ADA University - PHOTO - VIDEO

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Miroslav Lajčák, president of the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, spoke at the ADA University on the topic of the “Current state of multilateral cooperation”.
 
Eurasia Diary reports that the meeting was attended by the members of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions and various UN entities, civil society representatives, as well as a number of NGOs, including the International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF), the only organisation in Azerbaijan enjoying General Consultative status with Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Hafiz Pashayev, the rector of ADA University, acted as a moderator. The event was also attended by Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the UN Yashar Aliyev and UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai.
 
Miroslav Lajčák spoke about the importance of promoting the ideas of multilateralism and cooperation between countries. He stressed the uniqueness of the UN and especially the General Assembly, which has a multilateral form with unlimited members and unlimited agenda. Miroslav Lajčák spoke about five key priority areas for the UN General Assembly in this year, such as conflict prevention; migration; keeping the momentum on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and on the climate change; human dignity and human rights; reforming in accordance with the changes taking place in the world. Miroslav Lajčák announced the need to pay more attention to the development of dialogue, understanding and joint activities.
 
Immediately after the speech Miroslav Lajčák answered the numerous questions of the participants, where the most important was the issue of the UN activities on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in accordance with the four resolutions of the UN Security Council adopted in 1993. The resolutions say that the Nagorno-Karabakh region is an integral part of Azerbaijan and calls for an immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's occupied territories. However, Armenia has not yet fulfilled these conditions.
 
Miroslav Lajčák replied: “Security Council has the unique position within the UN system because it is the only organ of the UN that can adopt the resolutions that are legally binding. The problem is that not every resolutions of the Security Council are implemented. We have to show zero tolerance to the situation where the Security Council are ignored and not implemented. It will not come overnight but really depends on how we react. We, member states, media, opinion makers, we have to react. So, it has to be a process when the cases with ignorance of the UN Security Council resolutions become more and more narrow”.
 
“I know that Nagorno-Karabakh situation is a big pain for Azerbaijan. There is a general understanding that primary responsibility for resolving of this problem lies with the OSCE Minsk Group. I think that you agree that we could see more activity and less result. Here is the question, do we need to replace this format or we are going to encourage the format to deliver the results. So, this is a question for you and for those who are directly involved in the process”, he said.
 
Miroslav Lajčak also stressed that the UN is ready to step in if asked by the parties.
 
President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčak, is on an official visit to Azerbaijan to attend the Mid-Term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which takes place in Baku on April 5 and 6.
 
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