Turkey calls for UNSC expansion

ANKARA (RIA Novosti): The call of the Non-Aligned Movement to combat economic inequality and to expand the UN Security Council remains as relevant as in 1961, when this movement was founded, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

A conference dedicated to the first meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961 started in Belgrade on Monday. The meeting on the first day was attended by the heads of 74 high delegations from various states, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov. Russia is an observer country in the organization of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced the existence of a roadmap with the aim of “cornering” the permanent members of the UN Security Council to expand the rights of other members of this international organization.

“Sixty years ago, the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement adopted their first declaration, in which they called for action in three areas: inequality in economic development, enlargement of the UN Security Council and an inclusive approach to solving global problems. Is it not dramatic that we are still discussing these issues? Inequality is aggravated all over the world, and saying that the world is more than five (permanent members of the UN Security Council), we call for a more representative system, “Cavusoglu said, speaking at the conference.

He noted that the Non-Aligned Movement can do a lot, “from the availability of vaccines from the coronavirus to the fight against terrorism.” “The world has changed since 1961. The Cold War is over, but the challenges have become even more complex. We support the Non-Aligned Movement to make it even stronger,” the Turkish minister added.

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