Turkey wins UN seat in 2008 after intensive diplomatic drive

Turkey was elected non-permanent member to UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2009-2010 period.

Turkey wins UN seat in 2008 after intensive diplomatic drive
Turkey put its candidacy for non-permanent seat in 2003; it won the highest number of votes (151) in "Western European & Others Group" in the elections held on October 17. Austria won 133 votes, and Iceland received 87 votes in the elections.

Turkey and Austria became non-permanent members of UN Security Council for two years. Turkey will begin its mission on January 1, 2009.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that international community extended strong support to Turkey. Noting that Turkey contributed to peace efforts, stability and security in the world, Babacan said, "Turkey, as a responsible member of international community within the scope of UNSC, will continue its contributions both in its region and in the world."

Turkey's full solution for Cyprus solution

A delegation led by President Abdullah Gul and including Foreign Minister Ali Babacan represented Turkey in the high-level meetings of the 63rd term UN General Assembly on September 22-26.

Gul and Babacan kept Turkey's support demand for UNSC elections high on the agenda.

Speaking at the UN on September 23, Gul said that Turkey extended full support to diplomatic efforts to find a political solution in Cyprus, adding that the solution would be to set up a new partnership state based on two founder states having equal status.

Holding a bilateral talk with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Gul said that Turkey gave full support to President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) as well as negotiation process. Ban Ki-moon, in return, thanked Turkey's continuous support to the negotiation process in the island.

On September 27, Babacan held a very important tripartite meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.


Cyprus was an important agenda item for Turkey in the UN in 2008. Four years after Greek Cypriots rejected Annan Plan, talks resumed between TRNC and Greek Cypriot administration under supervision of UN.

UN Secretary General Ban, in his report in June, welcomed the recent developments in Cyprus; and said that opportunity window was open for the solution of Cyprus problem.

The Council, which discussed the report of Ban, extended the mission term of UN Peacekeeping Forces in Cyprus for six months.

Ban appointed Australia's former foreign minister Alexander Downer as his new special adviser to Cyprus on July 11. Ban and UNSC welcomed the decision to resume comprehensive talks in the island on September 3.

In his last Cyprus report released on December 2, Ban said that talks in Cyprus were going well.

Events on UN agenda

-In a world list released on February 29 and showing the representation rate of women at parliament, Turkey ranked the 89th among 142 countries with a 9.1 percent rate.

-On March 19, Baki Ilkin, Turkey's permanent representative to UN, said that international cooperation was necessary in fight against terrorism in UNSC.

-On May 21, Ban thanked Turkey and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the mediation role in peace talks between Israel and Syria.

-On July 11, UNSC condemned the attack which was staged in front of U.S. Consulate General building in Istanbul.

-On November 13, Ban participated in the banquet which was hosted by Erdogan to thank UN permanent representatives for Turkey's being elected non-permanent member to UNSC. Ban said that Turkey was a very active partner of UN, and added that Turkey's election meant recognition of Turkey's constructive leadership in many regions of the world.

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Cost - 10 yıl Before

Congratulations to Turkey. How about starting of by conforming to UNSC resolutions in regard to Cyprus and giving up their obvious attempts to partition Cyprus under the guise of their proposed "new partnership state based on two founder states having equal status". This is aimed at achieving the permanent partition of Cyprus. As a guarantor state under the 1959/60 agreements they love to quote Turkey undertook not to allow or promote the partition of Cyprus. They should realise that if they insist on maintaining the partition of Cyprus, that will end up costing them the whole of Europe. Surely Europe should be of infinitely greater importance to Turkey than little Cyprus which in any case forms part of the Europe they so carelessly risk losing because of their long held territorial ambitions over Cyprus.