Turkish President Erdogan's Message on the 71st Anniversary of the Establishment of the UN

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his Message on the 71st Anniversary of the Establishment of the UN said that ‘We will continue at every platform our support for a comprehensive reform of the UN that will ensure a fairer representation as well as a more democratic, transparent, effective and accountable functioning of the UN Security Council.’
In his message on the 71st Anniversary of the Establishment of the UN, He wished that the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, of which Turkey is among the founders, leads to favorable developments both for our nation and all mankind.
In his message, He said “Turkey, which has been one of the staunchest advocates of the UN and the values it represents since the organization came into being, has assumed very critical roles on issues of vital importance such as maintenance of global peace and security, mediation, development, humanitarian aid, environment, alliance of civilizations, etc.”
Constantly increasing its contributions to the UN budget over the recent years, Turkey has also been exerting strenuous efforts to turn Istanbul, which is located on the intersection of continents and civilizations, into a UN center. We believe that Istanbul, with its ancient history, cultural richness, strategic location and natural beauties, will provide critical contributions to UN’s mission and goals as a center of the organization.
With the hospitality it has been showing towards three million refugees in the face of the humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq, Turkey has become a voice of the global conscience. The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit hosted by Turkey on May 23-24 this year is a sign of our sensitivity regarding humanitarian tragedies. Coming together for the first time in history in Istanbul, all the stakeholders of the humanitarian aid system took very important decisions during the summit. Our country is closely monitoring the results of this summit so as to ensure the implementation of the commitments made during summit.
On the other hand, as a country that has long been in a fight against various terrorist organizations, we believe that the key to success in the fight against terrorism is the enhanced international cooperation and solidarity, and wish that the UN plays a leading role to that effect. We hope that the solidarity among all the UN members continues for an effective struggle against terrorist organizations such as DAESH, al-Qaeda, PKK, PYD/YPG, DHKP-C and FETO, which pose a threat to the security of not only Turkey, but the whole international community.
Achieving the basic founding goals of the UN, especially maintenance of international peace and security, doubtlessly depends on reforming it in line with the needs of our day. The deadlock regarding the solution of such crises as the Syrian and Iraqi ones, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the recent years, is a clear indication of the reform need. Unfortunately the biggest price for belated steps in this direction are paid by children, women and the elderly.
In line with our call that ‘the World is bigger than five,’ which I often stress, we will continue at every platform our support for a comprehensive reform of the UN that will ensure a fairer representation as well as a more democratic, transparent, effective and accountable functioning of the UN Security Council.
He said that works of the UN help bring peace and prosperity to our world, and congratulate the UN Day with my most sincere feelings

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