Azerbaijan and Commonwealth Independent States (CIS)

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was established on the basis of the "Agreement on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States," signed on December 8, 1991 in Minsk.

On September 24, 1993, at the meeting of the Council of Heads of States adopted a decision to accept the Republic of Azerbaijan as a new member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

There are mainly 9 areas of cooperation within the framework of the CIS and the main purpose of the CIS is the development of multilateral relations of CIS member states on economic, humanitarian, military and political spheres.

In the CIS operates more than 90 agencies, 8 of them are statutory, 69 specialized and 15 other bodies.  

The statutory bodies are:

-          The Council of Heads of State

-          The Council of Heads of Government

-          The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

-          The Economic Court

-          The  Interparliamentary Assembly

-          Executive Committee

-          The Council of Defence Ministers

-          The Council of Border Troops Commanders

Executive Committee serves as a permanently operating, managerial, administrative and liaison body of the CIS. 

Sergei Lebedev - Chairman of Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of CIS.

The Statutory bodies where Republic of Azerbaijan is represented:

-          The Council of Heads of State

-          The Council of Heads of Government

-          The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

-          The  Interparliamentary Assembly

-          The Council of Defence Ministers

-          Executive Committee

The Republic of Azerbaijan participates in only 30 specialized and in 11 other bodies.

Azerbaijan conducts cooperation with CIS member states mainly on a bilateral basis. At the same time, Azerbaijan continues cooperation within the framework of the CIS on the basis of the national interests and considers the above-mentioned organization as a platform for dialogue.

On October 5, 2007 Azerbaijan has signed a decision of the Council of Heads of State on the concept of the further development of CIS with the special opinion where reflected the basic principles of the Republic of Azerbaijan within the framework of CIS.