Erdogan urges UN, Security Council to respect majority voice

Accra, March 2, GNA – The Turkish, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has urged the Comity of Nations, especially in the United Nations (UN) and its Security Council, to uphold the principles that bind them to check terrorism and promote world peace.

Describing terrorism as: ‘The plague of the modern age’, President Erdogan invited Ghana to join in the push for reforms at the UN Security Council to protect vulnerable nations from undue oppression.

Addressing the Parliament as part of a two-day official visit to the Ghana, President Erdogan condemned state-sponsored terrorism and bloody attacks in some parts of the world, with the mass killing of people and attendant refugee problems.

President Erdogan questioned the provisions that made it right for five permanent members to control other members who formed a larger component of the UN.

According to the President, the permanent seat members did not back their words with effective actions to address terrorism and other acts that threatened world peace.

He lauded Ghana’s democratic pluses with the assurance to work to deepen the bilateral cooperation to the benefit of the two nations.

Ankara, he said, was working to open more embassies across the nations of Africa.

He recapped the trade, bilateral and investment ties between Accra and Ankara and underlined mutual partnerships for more opportunities in both countries and elsewhere.

Turkey, a Middle-East country located between South Eastern Europe and South Western Asia, has more than 79 million people consisting mainly of Turks; with Kurds being in the minority.

The population is predominantly of the Muslims faith, and the country operates a largely-free market economy driven by its industry, service and agricultural sectors.

Ghana is Turkey’s third largest trade partner in Sub-Saharan Africa (after the Republic of South Africa and Nigeria), the Ministry’s report has said.

The bilateral trade volume, which amounted to 175 million USD in 2009, reached 290 million USD in 2010.

Turkey opened its Embassy in Accra in February 2010, following the commitment on both sides to deepen bilateral links.

The Ghana-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Association was formed in March 2011.

President Erdogan began his African tour in La Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, travelling to Ghana and then to Nigeria before wrapping up the trip in Guinea on Thursday.


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