Ankara’s foreign minister said the Security Council should be expanded and the veto power of the Big Five should be abolished
Turkey wants the UN Security Council to be “More Inclusive” and abolish the veto power of permanent members, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Friday. Cavusoglu’s remarks on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York reflect Ankara’s long-standing policy, but are also in line with recent US proposals.
“We believe that the General Assembly, the Security Council should be more inclusive. There are many formulas from different countries and all countries should be well represented here. Cavusoglu said, according to state broadcaster TRT.
“Of course, the criteria could be determined according to the population, size and geographical distribution of each country. But on the other hand, the right of veto should also be abolished. added the foreign minister.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stood up for his vision “The world is bigger than five” — referring to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — for years, Cavusoglu said, adding that other world leaders are now talking about it.
The United Nations was established at the end of World War II by the victorious Allies, all of whom received a permanent seat on the Security Council, with 10 rotating members elected for two-year terms. During his 2021 tour of Africa, Erdogan described the arrangement as unfair and outdated. “a handful of countries” dominate the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the idea at the time, saying that if the veto was lifted “The UN would die the same day – it would become the League of Nations,” powerless debate club.
But now it seems that Erdogan’s idea has at least partial support from Washington. US UN envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield called for an agreement on the Security Council “the unsustainable and outdated status quo.” Speaking at the General Assembly this week, US President Joe Biden proposed expanding the membership of the Security Council and limiting veto power “rare, exceptional circumstances.”
The US has used the veto more than 80 times, mostly to protect Israel.