BAKU (News.am)–The United Nations General Assembly on Friday passed a resolution reaffirming peoples’ rights to self determination and calling on countries to address violations of the universal right, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.
The resolution, adopted during the General Assembly’s 64th session, was co-sponsored by more than 50 UN member states, including Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The right to self determination is among the founding principles of the United Nations, with many of its country’s having been founded on that principle.
Azeri Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Elkhan Polukhov, sought to reassure reporters at a press conference in Baku Monday that the resolution was in Azerbaijan’s interests. He said the resolution, adopted without a vote, “does not say anything about the right of peoples to self-determination at the cost of the territory of an independent state.”
“On the contrary, it declares firm opposition to acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation, since these have resulted in the suppression of the right of peoples to self-determination and other human rights,” Polukhov said, adding that the document also “deplores the plight of millions of refugees and displaced persons and reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and honor.”
“Azerbaijan recognizes people’s right to self-determination. But it must be realized within the framework of the territorial integrity of the states,” he stated.