Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up criticism of the "inaction" of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the face of the enduring crises in different parts of the world and particularly in Syria, where a bloody civil war killed nearly 110,000 people over the past two years Today`s Zaman reported
Erdogan struck a critical tone towards the United Nations as he accuses the international organization of having an unfair system of representation and decision making, an entrenched feature of the body that appears as a stumbling block against any viable solution to the intractable Syrian crisis given the veto power of five permanent members.
'What is the UN for [if it can't solve major problems the world faces]?', Erdogan asked, speaking at an event in İstanbul on Monday. The Turkish prime minister apparently expressed his frustration over the inaction of the UN Security Council regarding the Syrian conflict, which raises concerns of a regional conflagration amid signs of spillover of the crisis into the neighboring countries.
Erdogan has reiterated his previous suggestion regarding rotating membership for producing effective outcomes rather than stillborn results.
At the event, Erdogan raised the topic of Syria and the UNSC along with domestic issues. Criticizing the world body's structure, the prime minister said the UN's dependence on the five permanent security council members for decisions amounts to "oppression."
Saying he believes in the "World is bigger than five" campaign [referring to the five permanent members of the UNSC] launched by independent pro-democracy civil society organization the Young Civilians (Genç Siviller), Erdogan suggested that the 15 members of the UNSC rotate evenly and that the decisions of such a body shouldn't be cancelled because of the veto of one country.
"We have always said that if there is a UN Security Council that consists of 15 members, these members should change regularly. [The resolutions] shouldn't be cancelled by one member's veto. It [a resolution] should be canceled by majority vote. Now, the UNSC couldn't give a decision [on Syria], and the main reason for this is two of its members [Russia and China]. Why are we obliged to have this [veto], why is humanity required to have this?" Erdogan continued.
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