Turkey insists on the abolition of the right of veto in the UN Security Council

Turkey wants the UN Security Council to be “more inclusive” and remove the veto power of permanent members.

This was announced to journalists by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Mevlut Cavusoglu on the sidelines of the 77th session UN General Assembly in New York.

“We believe that the General Assembly, the Security Council should be more inclusive. There are many formulas coming from different countries and all countries should be well represented here, Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster. TRT. – Of course, the criteria can be defined according to the population, size and geographical distribution of each country. But, on the other hand, the right of veto must also be abolished.”

Recall that the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan for years he defended the principle, which he himself called “the world is more than five”, referring to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.


  • The UN was created at the end of World War II by the victorious Allied Powers, each given a permanent seat on the Security Council, with 10 members elected in rotation for two-year terms.
  • During a tour of Africa in 2021, Erdogan called the agreement unfair and outdated, stressing that, according to him, the world is dominated by “a handful of countries.”
  • President of Russia Vladimir Putin then declared that if the veto was lifted, “the UN will die on the same day – it will turn into the League of Nations”, a powerless debating club.

Now, however, Erdogan’s idea seems to have received support from Washington. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield called the Security Council agreements “unsustainable and outdated status quo”.

Speaking to the General Assembly this week, the President of the United States Joe Biden proposed to expand the Security Council and limit the power of veto to “rare, emergency situations.”

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