Turkey lobbies for 'Muslim veto' at United Nations

Turkey has prepared an initiative for a Muslim country to have the veto right at the United Nations, sources told World Bulletin.

Turkey lobbies for 'Muslim veto' at United Nations

Okan Haksever / World Bulletin

Turkey has prepared an initiative for a Muslim country to have the veto right at the United Nations, sources told World Bulletin.

According to the unclosed informants in Ankara, during the ruling AK Party's Parliamentary Group's closed session, the Organization of Islamic Conference Parliamentary Assembly President Irfan Gunduz informed the party members about the role of Turkey in the Islamic world.

After his speech, AK Party Mus Deputy Seracettin Karagiz said, "the United Nations has more than 60 Muslim countries, but none have the right to veto" and asked if there is something to change this situation.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to Karayagiz's question, saying "it is important for Muslim world of one billion to find a better representation in the UN."

"We are working on this issue. We talked about it during my last visit to Libya," Erdogan said. Sources said that Turkey started working behind the scenes about this issue after gaining a temporary UN Security Council membership.

England, France, USA, Russia and China have veto powers in the United Nations. In recent years, Germany and Japan also try to be included in this group. In order to include a sixth country who will have the veto right, the UN Convention should be changed. Experts believe this effort requires diplomatic lobbying for a long time.

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