Turkey to take step for UN reform

Turkey will discuss issue firstly with Germany, China, Russia, France, Spain, says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey to take step for UN reform

Ankara will discuss a UN reform initiative with several countries, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. 

"At first, it would be useful to discuss this issue with Germany, China, Russia, France and Spain which are well-esteemed countries in a narrow scope. It would be more appropriate to feel the air first and then move on. Our share is to take step on this issue," Erdogan told media representatives on Wednesday in the U.S. ahead of his departure for Germany.

It is also important to promote the issue on written and social media, the president underlined.

In his address to the 73rd session of UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Erdogan called for a "comprehensive reform" in the structure and functioning of the UN, particularly the Security Council.

He said the UN has carried out work and achieved considerable success over its 73-year history, adding: "However, it is also a fact that the UN moved away from meeting the expectations of humanity for peace and welfare over time."

Asked whether Turkish president had a meeting the U.S. counterpart Donal Trump, Erdogan said: "He told me 'See you' but I didn’t attend the dinner. As you know, there is a family photo in these meetings.

"During lunch, our tables were side by side. It was out of the question for me to go to that table since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was sitting at his [Trump's] table," Erdogan said.

The president added he got a chance to discuss Syrian crisis with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

On the question of whether the U.S. will make any contribution to the recent Turkey-Russia deal on Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, Erdogan said they didn’t think about "what America will say" upon the deal.

On Sept. 17, Ankara and Moscow agreed to turn Idlib into a demilitarized zone between the opposition and the regime-controlled areas.

Erdogan said Turkey has 12, Russia 10 and Iran has six observation points in Idlib.

Source: AA

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